[Page 1] Fortiner opens the letter by expressing how much he misses Emma, to whom he is writing. He then states that he wishes he did not have to fight an abolitionist's war.[Page 2] Fortiner states his love for Emma and laments over his misfortune and the death of friends. [Page 3] Fortiner closes his letter by professing his love for Emma again and suggesting topics to discuss and hoping that his letter will reach her this time.
An ambrotype cased in a diptych constructed of wood covered with leather. The ambrotype depicts an African American man dressed in a Union military uniform. The front and back panels of the diptych are engraved with the same pattern.