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In line. General Paul Semmes on a pile of rocks cheering the men.

As we got into line and commenced firing with much precision, I heard the greatest cheering a little to my right, and recognized General Semmes (gallant old Paul Semmes, brother of Raphael, both born fighters) standing on a pile of rocks, swinging his hat and cheering ‘to beat the band.’ I rushed up to him. ‘General, are they retreating?’ says I. ‘No,’ says he. I rushed back, naming myself a fool, but that brave old man and two officers or orderlies with him kept making so much fuss, I was compelled to see what was the matter. Just here I must digress only briefly to say a word for General Paul Semmes, our gallant old brigadier. General M. D. Corse became our brigadier when General George E. Pickett's division was formed. Paul Semmes was the brother of Raphael Semmes, the Confederacy's great sea fighter. All survivors of the ‘Old Fifteenth’ well remember General Paul Semmes, our first brigadier. He fell at Gettysburg, and, like Marmion—

With dying hand above his head,
He shook the fragments of his blade,

and died like the bravest of the brave for his beloved Southland.


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