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...
In the letter Levy expresses his support for the governor and her husband amid the racial tension in the state: "The North resents negro rioting, and the negro declaration of war against the whites...The North needs a strong man to safeguard white...
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