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P. J. Semmes
P. J. Semmes

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

Paul Jones Semmes

(1815 - 1863)
Home State: Georgia
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Semmes' Brigade

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Before the war, he was a banker, planter and a Captain in the state militia. In 1861, he was Colonel of 2nd Georgia. In March 1862, promoted to Brig. Gen. in command of a brigade in Magruder's division fighting in Yorktown, Williamsburg and Seven Pines. He was assigned command of a brigade in McLaws' division fighting in Savage's Station, and Malvern Hill.

In the Antietam Campaign:
In command of Semmes' Brigade in McLaws' Division.

The remainder of the War:
He was mortally wounded while leading the attack of his brigade at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Note: Cousin of famed Confederate commerce raider Admiral Raphael Semmes

More on the Web:
See his Gravesite

Birth Date: 6/4/1815    Place of Birth: Wilkes County, GA    
Death Date: 7/10/1863    Death Place: Martinsburg, WV    Burial Place: Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, GA

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