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This Day in Georgia History

June 04, 1815

Paul Jones Semmes Born

Future Confederate general Paul Jones Semmes was born in Wilkes County, Georgia. Semmes became a banker, planter, and captain in the Georgia militia. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he became a colonel in the 2nd Georgia Infantry. In March 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general and commander of a brigade in Magruder’s Division and subsequently a brigade in McLaws’ Division. Semmes served in a number of battles, including Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, where he was mortally wounded. Semmes’ died on July 10, 1863 in Martinsburg, W.V.