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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1839

Vol. I

(Born N. C.)

Jeremy F. Gilmer

(Ap'd N. C.)


Jeremy Francis Gilmer: Born Feb. 23, 1818, Guilford Co., NC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1835, to July 1, 1839, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1839.

Served: at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of Engineering, Dec. 4, 1839, to June 28, 1840; as Asst. Engineer in building Ft. Schuyler, for the Defense of the Eastern entrance to New York harbor, 1840‑44, — and to the Chief Engineer at Washington, D. C., 1844‑46;

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Dec. 29, 1845)

in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, as Chief Engineer of the Army of the West in New Mexico, being engaged in the construction of Ft. Marcy, at Santa Fé, N. M.; as Assistant to the Chief Engineer at Washington, D. C., 1847‑48; in the War with Mexico, 1848, assisting in making surveys of the Battle-fields about the City of Mexico; as Superintending Engineer of repairs of Fts. Madison and Washington, Md., 1848, — of the building of Fts. Jackson and Pulaski, Ga., and improvement of the Savannah River, 1848‑54, — of repairs of Ft. Marion and St. Augustine Sea-wall, Fla., 1849‑50, — and of Survey of Ocmulgee River, Ga., 1852‑53; as Member of a Commission to devise a project for the improvement

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1853, for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service)

of Savannah River, Ga., 1852, — of Charleston harbor, S. C., 1854, — and of St. John's River, Fla., 1854‑57; as Superintending Engineer of the building of Ft. Clinch, Amelia Island, Fla., 1853, — of the fortifications of Charleston harbor, S. C., 1853‑54, — of Light-houses in Charleston harbor, S. C., 1853‑55, and on Savannah River, Ga., 1855‑57, — of improvement of Savannah River, Ga., 1854‑58, — of the construction of Fts. Pulaski and Jackson, Ga., 1854‑58, — of repairs of Ft. Marion and St. Augustine Sea-wall, Fla., 1854‑57, — of building Ft. Clinch, Fla., 1854‑57, — of improvement of St. John's River and Haul-over Canal, Fla., 1854‑57, — and of the construction of the defenses at Fort Point for the defense of the entrance to San Francisco Bay, Cal., 1858‑61.

Resigned, June 29, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — President and Engineer of Savannah, Ga., Gas Light Company, 1867‑83.

Died, Dec. 1, 1883, at Savannah, Ga.: Aged 66.

Buried, Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, GA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he commanded various military districts and was twice Chief Engineer of the Confederate Army for a total time of about a third of the war.

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