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…show more content…
His ship was hit, causing it to sink. 39 members of the crew lost their lives, Semmes hardly escaped with his. The court found no wrong with the way he handled the ship but in fact praised him for it then sent him back to duty. After the war Semmes moved to Mobile Alabama where he practiced law and wrote Service Afloat and Ashore During the Mexican War, a book about his war experiences. In 1855 he was promoted to the Commander of the U.S. Navy. When Alabama seceded from the Union, Semmes was sent north by President Jefferson Davis on a secret mission to get military supplies for the Confederacy from the munitions brokers there. (Encyclopedia of Alabama) After Semmes sunk his ship he was upset that almost all his men died except him this is a challenge that Semmes pushed through and got back on his feet and resumed his duty back in the navy after he went to court and they proved it wasn’t his fault. In 1861 Semmes resigned his commission in the U.S. Navy to work for the Confederate government in Montgomery. The confederate Navy sent him north to buy ships and military supplies and to find skilled mechanics to bring back. Semmes was then given command of the ship Habana which was a steamship turned into a military destroyer ship (renamed C.S.S. Sumter). He ran the Sumter through the Federal blockade on the Mississippi river, out sailing the U.S.S. Brooklyn. In late November the Sumter set sail for European waters. They arrived in the
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