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Raphael Semmes
Birth: Sep. 27, 1809
Death: Aug. 30, 1877

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:
  Oliver John Semmes (1839 - 1918)*
  Raphael Semmes (1849 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Catholic Cemetery
Mobile
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Apr 15, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 21356
Raphael Semmes
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Raphael Semmes
Added by: Don Connelly
 
Raphael Semmes
Added by: Don Connelly
 
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Fair wind following Seas Sir, God bless you for your dedication and devotion to the Southern Cause
- James Burr Odell Jr
 Added: Oct. 17, 2013

- Barry White
 Added: Oct. 8, 2013
Your memory is alive southern hero!!!
- WILBUR DIXON
 Added: Sep. 29, 2013
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