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Raphael Semmes
Birth: Sep. 27, 1809
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Death: Aug. 30, 1877
Point Clear
Baldwin County
Alabama, USA

Confederate Naval hero. Trained as both a seaman and lawyer, Semmes served a commander of the ship USS Somers during the Mexican War. Upon the secession of the Confederacy he was appointed a commander in the Confederate States navy. Serving at sea through most of the Civil War, Semmes, in command of the CSS Sumter and later the CSS Alabama, successfully captured over 60 merchant vessels carrying supplies for the Union. In June, 1864, he was wounded and the CSS Alabama sunk off the coast of Cherbourg, France, by the USS Kearsarge. Eventually returning to America, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and given command of the James River Squadron. After loosing his ships in the fall of Richmond, he became a general and led his sailors as infantry. Briefly imprisoned after the war, he eventually returned to Mobile and practiced law. (bio by: Don Connelly) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Anne E. Spencer Semmes (1819 - 1892)*
 
 Children:
  Samuel Spencer Semmes, Captain (1838 - 1912)*
  Oliver John Semmes (1839 - 1918)*
  Electra Louisa Semmes Colston (1843 - 1925)*
  Raphael Semmes (1849 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Catholic Cemetery
Mobile
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 15, 2001
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Raphael Semmes
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Raphael Semmes
Added by: Don Connelly
 
Raphael Semmes
Added by: Don Connelly
 
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A Southern Hero and Patriot. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace. Deo Vindice
- Sam D. Hatcher
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014
Your service and sacrifices are not forgotten.
- Des
 Added: Jun. 4, 2014
Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero. A Confederate Sailor who Bravely and Proudly Fought for Southern Independence During the War of Northern Aggression. Deo Vindice.
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: Jun. 1, 2014
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