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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 Sharpsburg

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.

On the Campaign

In command of Semmes' Brigade in McLaws' Division.

The rest of the War

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

References & notes

Note: Cousin of famed Confederate commerce raider Admiral Raphael Semmes

More on the Web

See his Gravesite


6/4/1815; Wilkes County, GA


7/10/1863; Martinsburg, WV; burial in Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, GA