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Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863) Headquarters: Volunteer Battalion. Order no. 2. Camp Montgomery, July 1, 1853.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00572.04 Author/Creator: Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863) Place Written: Camp Montgomery Type: Broadside Date: 1 July 1853 Pagination: 1 p. : broadside ; 51.5 x 30.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Orders for the daily schedule and other information for the volunteer battalion. Signed in print by Semmes as Captain of the Columbus Guard, A. H. Cooper, Captain of the City Light Guards, and T. Lomax, Adjutant. Semmes corrected version with autograph manuscript annotations and corrections, in his hand including an "s" after "Order."

Background Information:

People: Semmes, Paul Jones, 1815-1863
Cooper, A.H., fl. 1853
Lomax, Thomas, fl. 1853-1860

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: MilitiaConfederate General or LeaderMilitary HistoryMilitary CampMilitary PersonnelMilitary Provisions

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