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.