Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born on a plantation in Wilkes County, Georgia, he served as a Captain in the Georgia Militia, 1846 to 1861. After the start of the Civil War, he was appointed Colonel of the 2nd Georgia Infantry and was promoted Brigadier General in March, 1862. During the Peninsula Campaign, he was a brigade commander for the Army of the Northern Virginia which participated in the Battle of South Mountain, Sharpsburg and at Chancellorsville. While leading his brigade in an attack at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, he was mortally wounded and died eight days later in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Jane Emily Hemphill Semmes