In the passages Lyell describes the physical characteristics of the Tombigbee River and gulf coast in Alabama; discrimination against African Americans in both the North and the South; implications of emancipation for the economic and social...
During the Civil War, Semple served as a captain of an artillery battery organized in Montgomery (known as Semple's Battery). He was later appointed a major and transferred to Mobile. In the letter he discusses new quarters he hopes to have; the...
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