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 discusses conditions and weather in camp; the...
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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