General(ly) Gillmore- The Civil War- Part 8

October 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm 2 comments

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven

ED NOTE: Most of this posts research and photos ( where not indicated otherwise) are due the diligent work of historian Matt Weisman.

Matt Weisman

Matt Weisman

Matthew Weisman has been doing research and collecting Lorain County History for more than 30 years. Over the years, he has created many local presentations around the early history of this area. He has specialized in early ship building on the Black River and other topics of local interest. The programs listed above are ones that he presents to local and interested groups. Matthew is a long time member of the Lorain Historical Society, Association of Great Lakes Historians and many other local and national organizations. He is a co-author of Lorain – The Real Photo Post Cards of Willis Leiter

Matt has graciously shared his work for these posts and Lorain and Loraine are very grateful. You can contact Matt for programs found here Local History Presentations by Matthew Weisman or by calling 440-365-4523

Quincy Adams Gillmore
left Black River/ Charleston Village/ Black River to attend West Point. His application for West Point was recommended by Representative Root.
**** NOTE: Representative Hamlin mentioned in newspaper account died and Representative Root succeeded him)
Seemingly his appointment was a surprise to his parents who believed him to be studying medicine
elyria democrat, gillmore

Application to west pointres

It was at West Point , in 1846, the young Quincy Gillmore supposedly wrote the poem Erie as seen in Part 5” but according to the newspaper article it was the publication of this poem from high school which drew him to the attention of certain powers that be.*** apparently according to the Elyria Democrat was published in the Ohio Atlas**** ( Did he reprise the poem at West Point???? in 1846)

He spent his youth working on his father’s farm and attended school only during the winter months. By the age of seventeen, Gillmore was teaching school. He began to study medicine in his free time until he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1845. He ranked first in his class when he graduated in 1849″

In 1849, Gillmore joined the Corps of Engineers and helped plan the fortifications of Hampton Roads, Virginia. In 1852, he returned to West Point as an instructor of practical military engineering. At West Point, Gillmore conducted research on the effects of cannon projectiles on masonry forts. His research assisted him during the American Civil War. In 1856, he was transferred to New York City, where he was the army’s chief engineer in the region. He held this position until the beginning of the Civil War.
Gillmore before his tent

Here was our Quincy Adams Gillmore – at the age of 36 at the start of the Civil War 1861 –

Gillmore before his tent II

In August 1861, Gillmore sought a battlefield position. Salmon Chase recommended that Ohio Governor William Dennison offer Gillmore command of one of Ohio’s volunteer infantry regiments. Dennison agreed, but Gillmore refused the offer. Later that year, Gillmore was assigned to accompany General Thomas W. Sherman’s expedition against the coastal regions of South Carolina. Gillmore was responsible for constructing defenses for the territory that Union forces seized.

Gen Gillmore at Camp

Sherman then sailed for Savannah, which was guarded by Fort Pulaski

In amongst the artifacts from Peggy was a National Park Service handbook dated 1954 Fort Pulaski – National Monument by Ralton B Lattimore .Page 28 finds the article Gillmore Sets the Stage – It is well-worn and had to have been read many times over , they are the only pages loosened in the handbook – I wonder how many times Peggy and the family read the description of her famous cousin. I wonder what those first Gillmore pioneers in 1718 would have thought if they had known how the their family had been involved in the birth of a nation?

probable  photo  of Quartus and Elizabeth Reid Gillmore

probable photo of Quartus and Elizabeth Reid Gillmore

I can only imagine the pride of Elizabeth and Quartus in their son from “farmer to Brigadier General” what they would have thought as they read of his exploits in the newspapers of the day.

“A brilliant member of the Corps of Engineers , described by newspaper correspondent Whitelaw Reid ( ) ” a quick-speaking. quick-moving, soldierly man… a fine, wholesome looking, solid si-footer, with big head, broad , good humored face, and a high forehead faintly elongated by a suspicion of baldness, curly brown hair and beard and a frank open face. His greatest attribute as a soldier was a fearless disregard for tradition…..”

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Gillmore’s plan for the bombardmentpulmap1

All pages from the 1954 handbook courtesy of the National Park Service

To Be Continued………….


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paula Shorf  |  October 6, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Incredible research and documentation by Lorain historian, Matt Weisman… Great series, Loraine…

    Paula Shorf

  • […] Part Eight Quincy A Gillmore was in the thick of things with the Battle of Fort Pulaski April 10th […]

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