In the letter Martin comments on Dellet's rebuke of John Quincy Adams over his recent speech to African American citizens in Pittsburgh: "His expressed wish that the day of blood and carnage might come upon the South by a servile war is I think...
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 describes a recent battle and his mindset...
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