During the Civil War, Riggs served in Company G of the 27th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. In the letter to Ferde he describes drills that his company has been practicing with nearby soldiers; mentions that General Beauregard has been in the area;...
At the time the letter was written, Bemiss was serving as medical director of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, and Cross was an army surgeon. In the letter Bemiss, acting on the orders of General Hood, commands Cross to dismantle the hospital...
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