After a quiet month in August, Spencer McOmber and the 7th Michigan Cavalry find themselves far more active in September. Spencer’s four letters home downplay the combat, perhaps not to worry his mother.
His letters are generally quick short notes with only one exception. This may indicate that Spencer has less time and can only spare a few moments to write home.
The 7th Michigan Cavalry remains in Virginia during September 1863. Even though the pace of combat has increased for the regiment, McOmber is already looking ahead to winter quarters. His letter of September 30 indicates he has used his time to think about what he will need for the colder weather to come.