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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 02, 1863

Paul J. Semmes Mortally Wounded at Gettysburg

One of the men mortally wounded on this day at Gettysburg was Georgia native and Brigadier General Paul J. Semmes, leading a brigade under James Longstreet. Semmes, born in Wilkes County, had been promoted to brigadier general in March of 1862, and served at the Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. Click here to see the Semmes’ brigade monument at Gettysburg. Semmes would die from his wounds on July 10.