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Oden, Mary to Emily J. Semmes re: death of Gen. Paul Semmes (to his widow)

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07225 Author/Creator: Oden, Mary Place Written: Martinsburg Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 July 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written from his deathbed nurse, on the day he died with postscript: "A few moments before the General died, he asked for his sword, laying it across his arm, he asked again for his testament." Page 5 is a smaller, additional sheet.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Woman Author, Women's History, Death, Religion

Sub Era: The American Civil War