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 this letter Frank tries to dissuade his granddaughter from smoking and warns her of the dangers of tobacco, citing medical authorities and personal experience. The message presents an unusual perspective for the time in which it was written.
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