Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 65,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863) to Emily J. Semmes re: deathbed description of Gettysburg, Wheatfield

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06823 Author/Creator: Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863) Place Written: Martinsburg, West Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 July 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Also discusses severe injuries that he incurred (written one day prior to his death).


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

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

Sub Era: The American Civil War