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 explains his goal as the leader of his men, who...
In the letter he discusses the death of his sister and the possibility that more relatives will die before the end of the war: "This again is a severe trial for us to undergo. And how soon will it be before some one else of the family will go the...
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