The letters from Simeon to Sarah Jane outline various issues which plagued black soldiers in the war, including pay discrepancies, as well as the sickness and poor living conditions that all soldiers endured. In a letter dated Nov. 24, 1863, Sergeant Tierce reports that his regiment has been at work building a fort and barracks, and mentions that the men's rations are "a loaf of bread and a cup of coffee during the day." Some of the letters contain poetry and hymns, and Tierce tells his wife that "we have prayer meetings evenings. We have the twofold enemy to fight against. We have the enemy of soul and the enemy of flesh."

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