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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial Department (search)
obert M. T. Hunter, Vice-President; Rev. J. Wm. Jones, Secretary and Treasurer. Executive Committee.--Gen. Dabney H. Maury, Chairman; Col. Charles S. Venable, Col. Wm. Preston Johnson, Col. Robert E. Withers, Col. Joseph Mayo, Col. Geo. W. Munford, Lt. Col. Archer Anderson, Maj. Robert Stiles, George L. Christian, Esq. Vice-Presidents of States.--Gen. Isaac R. Trimble, Maryland; Gov. Zebulon B. Vance, North Carolina; Gen. M. C. Butler, South Carolina; Gen. A. H. Colquit, Georgia; Admiral R. Semmes, Alabama; Col. W. Call, Florida; Gen. Wm. T. Martin, Mississippi; Gen. J. B. Hood, Louisiana; Col. T. M. Jack, Texas; Hon. A. H. Garland, Arkansas; Gov. Isham G. Harris, Tennessee; Gen. J. S. Marmaduke, Missouri; Gen. S. B. Buckner, Kentucky; W. W. Corcoran, Esq., District of Columbia. The secretary elected by the society (Col. Geo. W. Munford) faithfully carried out his instructions until other public duties constrained him to resign, and the present incumbent was elected. The
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Records of Longstreet's corps, A. N. V. (search)
on their right D. R. Jones' sub-division of Magruder's command, consisting of Tombs' and G. T. Anderson's brigades. The remainder of Huger's command (Mahone's and Ransom's brigades), and of Magruder's command (Barksdale's, Cobb's, Kershaw's and Semmes' brigades, the last two constituting McLaws' division), were disposed and used in support of Armistead, Wright and D. R. Jones. General Holmes, with his division, moved from New Market a short distance down the River road, and formed line of batt position, and augmented the natural difficulties of our own. The commendation bestowed by General Lee was indeed merited by no few of the gallant commands which faced the feu d'enfer of that terrible field. The dead of the Tenth Louisiana of Semmes' brigade were found next morning beyond the line occupied by the Yankee guns and among the outbuildings of Crew's settlement, which had been the very stronghold of their line. It happened to this brigade, as well as to some others of those who w
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the Confederate States Navy. (search)
re Stone, John Comstock, Blanc and Morgan. Our surgeon was Dr. Linah, of South Carolina, and the purser was the best old gentleman in the world, Mr. Sample. The steamer Sumter, a propeller of 400 tons, mounting five guns and commanded by Commander R. Semmes, was fitting out near us. Captain Semmes was untiring in his efforts to get his vessel ready for sea, and finally threw his guns aboard in a half fitted state, started down the river, and in a few days was on the ocean destroying the commeCaptain Semmes was untiring in his efforts to get his vessel ready for sea, and finally threw his guns aboard in a half fitted state, started down the river, and in a few days was on the ocean destroying the commerce of the enemy. While the McRae was getting ready for sea, Captain Higgins, formerly of the navy, but at that time on the staff of General Twiggs, proposed an expedition to capture the Launches of the enemy that were raiding in the Mississippi Sound, and called on Captain Huger for volunteers, which were readily furnished. So taking one thirty-two pounder, one eight-inch gun and two howitzers, we armed and manned two of the lake steamers. We went through the Sound but did not find the boa
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 4., chapter 12.92 (search)
llenge about which so much has been said. Captain Semmes informed Captain Winslow through Mr. Bonfi The commander of the frigate had informed Captain Semmes that his ship would escort him to the limi over or fell short. It was apparent that Captain Semmes intended to fight at long range. The Ketive of dismay, destruction, and death. Captain Semmes in his official report says: The firing noer a duration of one hour and two minutes. Captain Semmes, in his report, says: Although we were nows, the waist-boats having been destroyed. Captain Semmes dropped his sword into the sea and jumped The yacht lowered her two boats, rescued Captain Semmes (wounded in the hand by broken iron riggin. It was held by the Navy Department that Captain Semmes violated the usages of war in surrenderingce and caused comment. It is strange that Captain Semmes did not know of the chain armor; supposed aid to belong to the Royal naval Reserve. Captain Semmes said, Mr. Kell, my first lieutenant, deser[11 more...]
Doc. 38. the Sumter's cruise. Letter from Captain Semmes. C. S. Steamer Sumter, Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, July 26, 1861. sir: Having captured a schooner of light draught, which, with her cargo, I estimate to be worth some $25,000, and being denied the privilege of leaving her at this port until she could be adjudicated, I have resolved to despatch her to New Orleans with a prize crew, with the hope that she may be able to elude the vigilance of tile blockading squadron, and run inted as charming as a belle decked for a ball or a bride arrayed for the marriage ceremony; and it must have been particularly disagreeable to her commander to give up the pursuit. When it was observed that the Brooklyn had given up the chase, Captain Semmes ordered all hands below on deck, and offered three cheers for the Southern Confederacy, and from the quarterdeck to, the forecastle, alow and aloft, a shout rent the heavens that would have gladdened the heart of any Southron. The Sumter the
other going through the port on the opposite side, yet no one was hit, the captain of one of the guns being only knocked down by the wind of the shot, as supposed. The fire of the Kearsarge, although only one hundred and seventy-three projectiles had been discharged, according to the prisoners' accounts, was terrific. One shot alone had killed and wounded eighteen men, and disabled a gun. Another had entered the coal-bunkers, exploding, and completely blocking up the engineroom; and Captain Semmes states that shot and shell had taken effect in the sides of his vessel, tearing large holes by explosion, and his men were everywhere knocked down. Of the casualties in the Alabama no correct account can be given. One hundred and fifteen persons reached the shore, either in England or France, after the action. It is known that the Alabama carried a crew, officers and men, of about one hundred and fifty into Cherbourg, and that while in the Southern ocean her complement was about one
r successful rival. When she was sinking, Captain Semmes dropped his own sword into the sea, to prerbourg. It is not in our power to say why Captain Semmes, who has gained so much glory and so unquethe final departure of the Deerhound, with Captain Semmes, his surviving officers, and some of the cting until their vessel was half engulfed, Captain Semmes and the remnant of his crew were at length Even prejudiced Federalists will not deny Captain Semmes credit for almost romantic gallantry in theeded in saving about forty men, including Captain Semmes and thirteen officers. At one P. M., we ses and thirteen officers. Now what says Captain Semmes? There was no appearance of any boat cngs of humanity. Captain Winslow considers Semmes and his officers bound upon their honor to givdon, June 21. dear sir, I received from Captain Semmes at Southampton, where I had the pleasure tnding fate, after the loss of his ship. Captain Semmes reports that, finding the Alabama actually[39 more...]
er-General C. S. Army. Wm. Hartsuff, Brevet Brigadier-General U. S. Army, Special Commissioner. It was well I took the precautions above described, in dealing with the enemy, for, when I was afterward arrested, as the reader will presently see, the Yankee press, howling for my blood, claimed that I had not been paroled at all! that I had deceived the paroling officer, and obtained my parole under false pretences; the said paroling officer not dreaming, when he was paroling one Brigadier-General Semmes, that he had the veritable pirate before him. I dispersed my command, on the same afternoon, and with my son, and half a dozen of my officers, a baggage-wagon, and the necessary servants, made my way to Montgomery, in Alabama, and, at that point, took steamer for my home, in Mobile, which I reached in the latter days of May. Andrew Johnson, the Vice-President of the United States, had succeeded Mr. Lincoln as President. He was a Southern man, born in the State of North Carolina,
ma, , C. S. S., VI., 252, 254 seq. Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, D. C. , VII., 283. Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, Pa. , 243, 260. Seminole,, U. S. S., VI., 48. Seminole Indians Iv., 22. Semmes, P. J., X., 153. Semmes, R.: V., 158; VI., 80, 287, 289, 290, 293, 294, 301, 302, 304, 320; IX., 340 seq., 346. Semmes' Battery, Confederate, II., 320. Seneca,, U. S. S., III., 342; VI., 312. Separation and reunion, IX., 44 seq. Sequatchie Valley, Tenn.Semmes' Battery, Confederate, II., 320. Seneca,, U. S. S., III., 342; VI., 312. Separation and reunion, IX., 44 seq. Sequatchie Valley, Tenn., IV., 214. Sergeant and sentry guard, Long Bridge, Va., VIII, 81. Seven Days Battles: I., 83, 132, 299, 312 seq., 315, 320, 337; military result of, I., 338, 340, 342, 366; IV., 238; V., 33, 66; VII., 233; VIII., 346, 382; IX., 75, 79, 144; fighting around Richmond, X., 64, 142; losses at, X., 142, 156. Seven Pines, Va. (see also Fair Oaks, Va.): I., 122, 282, 288, 291, 292, 364; V., 304, 314; VII., 102; battle of, IX., 59. Seventh Street Road, D. C., V., 94, 106.
The Niagara's Mails.the British State papers on American affairsletter from Capt. Semmes, of the Sumter. &c., &c., &c., &c., The New York papers of Feb. 26, received at this office on Friday evening last, contain full details of news by the Niagara, which had already been briefly forwarded by telegraph. We extract a portjustify them in recognizing the independence of a State which had not yet shown the power of securing and maintaining its own independence. Letter from commander Semmes to the Editor of the London News. Sir: An article in the Daily News, reviewing the rights and duties of belligerents and neutrals, has recently come unt at its date seen the Spanish proclamation. I rely upon your sense of justice to give place in your columns both to this communication and the letter. R. Semmes, Commander. Confederate States Navy. C. S. Steamer Sumter. Gibraltar, Jan. 29, 1862 The British Parliament. In the House of Lords on the 7th inst. the