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Collection Reference Number GLC00446.01
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1860 
Title Paul Jones Semmes to Joseph E. Brown regarding a powder magazine
Date 25 December 1860
Author Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863)  
Recipient Brown, Joseph E.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes to the Governor of Georgia enclosing a plan and specifications for a powder magazine, with estimated costs. Advises that the magazine will hold 1250 barrels of 100 pounds of powder and that it was requested from Mr. E.J. Dupont de Nemours & Co. of Wilmington, Delaware. Semmes's autograph copy, marked as a copy. Docketed by Semmes. Accompanied by architectural drawing, GLC00446.02. Written from the 5th Avenue Hotel in New York City. This letter, written five days after South Carolina seceded from the Union, shows that preparations for war were already underway.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Confederate General or Leader  Confederate States of America  Ammunition  
People Semmes, Paul Jones (1815-1863)  Brown, Joseph E. (fl. 1860)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme The American Civil War; Science, Technology, Invention
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information This letter was written five days after South Carolina seceded from the Union and shows that preparations for war were already underway. Semmes was a Georgia banker and plantation owner who served as agent for the State of Georgia during the preparations for the Civil War. He served as colonel of the 2nd Georgia in the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the war and was promoted to brigadier general in March 1862. He was assigned to a brigade in McLaws' division of Longstreet's corps fighting in Crampton's Gap, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Salem Church, and Gettysburg, where he was mortally wounded.
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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