Spencer’s March letters cover a variety of topics. He reports on skirmishes, raids, and the picket duty he participated in but also shares a lot of personal information. McOmber is curious about a purchase of land his mother is apparently considering, comments on his grandfather’s death, and even defends himself against what he believes are scurrilous reports circulating about him in Kalamazoo.
As always, he comments on the weather which is understandably changeable in the spring time. On several occasions, he sympathizes with the hardships that the war has brought to civilians in Virginia where he is stationed. Spencer also speculates on economic prospects after the war, suggesting he is considering moving to California.