From the introduction by T. Thomas Fortune: "Mr. Washington still lives; and to-day the South possesses no voice stronger than his,--that is teaching Christian love and sympathy and national unity with like power and success...one of the strongest...
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...
During the Civil War, Thomas and James served in Company K of the 24th Alabama Infantry regiment. In the first letter, Thomas describes preparations for an upcoming troop movement ("I don't have any idea where we are going. But it seems as though...
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