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.