Semmes, Raphael (1809-1877) to John McIntosh Kell
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00684.16
Author/Creator: Semmes, Raphael (1809-1877)
Place Written: Mobile, Alabama
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 4 February 1869
Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.
Summary of Content: Writes that, while in Baltimore, he has inscribed a copy of his book and ordered the publishers to send it to Kell’s ”little son, my namesake.” Fondly inquires after Kell’s family. Raphael Semmes, commander of the famous raider CSS Alabama was promoted to admiral in the Confederate Navy in 1865, and briefly served as a brigadier general in the army following the fall of Richmond.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Keywords/Subjects: Military History;, Civil War;, Confederate General or Leader;, Confederate States of America;, Navy;, Literature and Language Arts;, Children and Family;
Sub Era: Reconstruction
Background: In 1869, Semmes published ”Memoirs of Service Afloat, during the War between the States.” The book included a detailed retelling of the loss of the C.S.S. Alabama to the U.S.S. Kearsarge, Semmes’ most crushing defeat.
LOC Search Terms: United States. Navy. , United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865., Confederate States of America. Navy.Order Image