Raphael Semmes Photo

Raphael Semmes

Born: Sep 27, 1809

Death: Aug 30, 1877

Birthplace: Charles County

Nationality: United States

Raphael Semmes

Date of Birth : Sep 27, 1809
Date of Death : Aug 30, 1877
Birth Place : Charles County

Raphael Semmes was an officer in the Confederate navy during the American Civil War. Beforehand, he had been an officer in the United States Navy from 1826 to 1860. During the American Civil War, Semmes was captain of the commerce raider CSS Alabama, which took 65 prizes. Late in the war, he was promoted to rear admiral and also served briefly as a brigadier general in the Confederate army. Semmes is the only North American to have held both ranks simultaneously.

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