Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Brigadier General Paul Jones Semmes, CSA-- Part 2: Mortally Wounded at Gettysburg

From Wikipedia. Paul Jones Semmes was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, June 4, 1815, and died July 10, 1863. He attended the University of Virginia and became a plantation owner in Columbus, Georgia. From 1846 to 1861, he was a Georgia militia captain. At the onset of war, he was appointed colonel of the 2nd Georgia Infantry and promoted to brigadier general March 11, 1862. He served in the Peninsular Campaign, South Mountain, Antietam and Chancellorsville. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he was mortally wounded in the thigh at the Wheat Field on the second day, dying eight days later in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He is buried at Linnwood Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia. Old Secesh

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