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 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.