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.