Reasons For The Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes Left An Everlasting Endowment As Captain Of The Css Alabama

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Damian Drew
U.S. History
5th period
10/28/15
Raphael Semmes
Confederate rear admiral Raphael Semmes left an everlasting endowment as captain of the CSS Alabama. Raphael Semmes faced many challenges as a boy and a man. Through all of his challenges he remained calm and collective and pushed through. Although his life was threatened many times during his time serving in the military from either being shot at or being drowned to death after sinking a ship, he always fought no matter what the circumstances were.
Raphael Semmes was born in Charles County, Maryland on September 27, 1809. At the age of fourteen he and his three siblings lost their mother, Catherine Semmes and father, Richard Semmes. After his parents died he was raised by his uncle, Raphael Semmes. When Raphael was only nineteen his other uncle, Benedict Semmes helped guarantee his appointment as a midshipman in the United States navy. Along with training as a naval officer, he also studied law and was accepted to the Maryland bar in 1834. Shore duty allowed him to pursue his law practice for three years at Norfolk when he was then assigned to the U.S.S. Constellation. He became a Lieutenant in 1837 and married Anne Elizabeth Spencer. In 1841 he was assigned to the Pensacola Navy Yard and while there became a citizen of Alabama. Lieutenant Semmes’ first command afloat was the steamship Poinsett. (Naval History and Heritage Command) Raphael Semmes commanded the U.S.S Somers during the Mexican War (1846-1848) that…

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