It was 150 years this month, when the Civil War of War Between the States started. The soldiers who fought on both the Union and Confederate side, saw their fellow soldiers killed.
They probably didn’t get many letters from home since they were on the move so much. However, they could write home much easier.
The spelling is atrocious in some of the letters, but I am sure that didn’t matter to the one reading the letters.
This soldier who mentioned death in this love letter died a week later in the Battle of Bull Run.