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date: 30 October 2020

Semmes, Raphaellocked

(27 September 1809–30 August 1877)
  • Robert Saunders Jr.


Semmes, Raphael (27 September 1809–30 August 1877), Confederate rear admiral, was born in Charles County, Maryland, the son of Richard Thompson Semmes, a tobacco farmer, and Catherine Middleton, the daughter of Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Raised by two uncles after his parents’ death during his childhood, Semmes attended private schools in Georgetown and spent a brief period at Charlotte Hall Military Academy. He was named a midshipman in 1826....

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