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 the Union bombardment of Fort McRee...
In the diary Willett discusses enlistment; camp life; the procurement of equipment and supplies; the health, background, and fate of the men in his company; his participation in a court martial committee; and troop movements and campaigns...
The men were charged with abetting Samuel Nixon "in committing an assault...in biting off the left ear of one James A. Moore." Citizens of the county had asked the governor to pardon the men: "...it being represented that those persons were...
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