Letter from Henry Semple, while on board a steamer en route to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to his wife, Emily, in Gainestown, Alabama.
KeywordsSemple, Emily Virginia James
Semple, Henry C., 1822-1894
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment & supplies
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Health aspects
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military life
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military personnel
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social aspects
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AbstractDuring 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 current troop movements and supplies; his own health and morale ("I am as little of a soldier in taste and feeling as any one, but I cant help wishing to have a chance at our northern brethren before the war is over"); and the likelihood that he will be engaged in fighting in the upcoming campaign ("I am about to enter into real field operations, and with such a reputation that if there is a fight I shall have a place in the front"). A transcript is included.
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