Lucinda Caroline Branscomb Hunter of Union Springs, Alabama, had four brothers who joined the Confederate Army, and as part of the Third Alabama Infantry Regiment, in 1861, they went to Virginia to defend the South. The brothers wrote home frequently, complaining of not enough mail, inadequate clothing, cold weather, poor food, and problems with officers - all typical complaints of southern soldiers. The boys suffered from ill health and homesickness, and at times they doubted why they were there. The letters are especially detailed about camp life and engagements. The editor has included biographical information and inserted a narrative between letters that keeps the reader knowledgeable about the military situation the letter writer was facing at that time. This collection adds to our understanding of Alabama families and the men who went off to war in 1861. Civil War enthusiasts, especially those with an interest in Alabama, will want to add this collection of letters to their library.