At the start of the Civil War, Dent was a 1st lieutenant of the Eufaula Rifles, which became Company B of the 1st Alabama Infantry; he was eventually promoted to captain and commanded Dent's Battery (formerly Robertson's Battery). In the letter...
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 their children and mutual...
In the letter he discusses a recent false alarm of a Union invasion in Tuscaloosa; military responsibilities of the cadets at the university ("If all the reports as to the whereabouts of the enemy are true, this Corps will not remain here idle, but...
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