Raphael Semmes
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-5)
Date of Birth: 1809
Date of Death: 1877
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Lawyer, Sailor
Parents: Richard Semmes, Catherine Middleton
Spouse: Anne Spencer
Children: Five
Military Branch: United States Navy,
Confederate States Navy
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Raphael Semmes (September 27, 1809 – August 30, 1877) was an officer in the United States Navy from 1826 to 1860 and the Confederate States Navy starting in 1861. He served during the Mexican War, but his ship was lost during a storm in the Gulf of Mexico. During the American Civil War he was captain of the famous commerce raider CSS Alabama, taking several prizes.

After the Civil War, Semmes faced treason charges by the Union, but these were dismissed in 1866. He became a professor, a judge, a newspaper editor, and an attorney. He also became a staunch "Lost Cause" advocate.

Raphael Semmes in The Guns of the SouthEdit

Raphael Semmes was the captain of the CSS Alabama during the Second American Revolution. The ship was saved from a deadly confrontation with the USS Kearsarge by the timely arrival of news that peace had been reached in Washington City.[1]

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