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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

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.

People: Semmes, Raphael, 1809-1877.
Kell, John McIntosh, 1823-1900.

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