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Semmes, Raphael

Born: 1809 AD
Died: 1877 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Admiral, Military Officer, Naval Officer

1809 – Admiral Raphael Semmes, born on the 27th of September in Charles County, Maryland. He was an officer in the United States Navy.

1819 – He was orphaned at the age of ten.

1824 – He began training as a U.S. Navy Midshipman at the age of 15.

1849 – He moved to Mobile, Alabama so he could be close to the naval base in Pensacola, Florida and to practice law.

1861 – Resigned from the United States Navy and became a Commander in the Confederate States Navy.

1865 – He was promoted to Admiral and was put in command of the James River Squadron that was protecting Richmond.

1877 – died on the 30th of August after eating spoiled shrimp at his daughter’s home in Point Clear, Alabama. He is buried with his wife Ann in Mobile Catholic Cemetery, a statue of Admiral Semmes stands over Government Street in Downtown Mobile.