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Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863) to Emily J. Semmes

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00458 Author/Creator: Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863) Place Written: Martinsburg, Virginia Type: Note signed Date: 9 July 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Describes how he was severely wounded in Gettysburg: "Wounded severely. Main danger over. Remain at home. Will write." Semmes signed this note one day before dying of a gunshot wound to the leg received at Gettysburg.

People: Semmes, Paul Jones, 1815-1863.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Gettysburg, Marriage, Civil War, Injury or Wound, Death, Military History, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Battle

Sub Era: The American Civil War