A letter from Alfred A. Parmenter to his family describing army life. Alfred writes about much sickness in the regiment, the Colonel leaving, and rumors of the hospital stores on Ship Island being used for parties by officers. He also mentions his experience playing in the band at concerts and goes on about a performing for a "Ball." Other topics he writes about are: black market flour, receiving a box four months old, Rebel Gov. Moore's proclamation on trading, and the heat in New Orleans when wearing wool uniforms. Includes typed transcripts of the correspondence.