The book includes exercises and notes on several specific concepts. As an adult, Cumming moved with his wife and children from Scotland to North America, eventually settling in Alabama. His daughter, Kate, served as a nurse during the Civil War.
In the letter he discusses the clothes he will have made from the cloth recently received from home; drills and exercises the cadets are learning at the university ("It is thought that this corps is better drilled and disciplined than any corps...
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