Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States Chapter IV

A few more words, and we shall be in a condition to answer the question which stands at the head of this chapter. Being a legal question, it will depend entirely upon the constitutional right the Southern States may have had to withdraw from the Union

Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States Chapter III

FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOWN TO 1830, BOTH THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH HELD THE CONSTITUTION TO BE A COMPACT BETWEEN THE STATES One of the great difficulties in arguing the question of the relative power of the States and of the Federal Government, consists in the fact that the present generation […]

Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States Chapter II

THE NATURE OF THE AMERICAN COMPACT The great effort of both these men has been to prove, that the Constitution is not a compact between the States, but an instrument of government, formed by the people of the United States, as contradistinguished from the States. They both admit, that if the Constitution were a compact […]

Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States Chapter I

The following memoirs are designed to commemorate a few of the less important events of our late struggle; but before I enter upon them, I deem it appropriate to give some “reason for the faith” that was in us, of the South, who undertook the struggle.

Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States Chapter XII

As I leaned on the carriage of a howitzer on the poop of my ship, and cast a glance toward the quarter of the horizon whence the land had disappeared, memory was busy with the events of the last few months. How hurried, and confused they had been! It seemed as though I had dreamed a dream, and found it difficult, upon waking, to unite the discordant parts.