Jeremy Francis Gilmer

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Jeremy Francis Gilmer, born in Guilford County, North Carolina, February 23, 1818, was graduated in the class of 1839 at West Point, one number below Major General Henry Wager Halleck, who was for a time Commander-in-Chief of the armies of the United States during the Civil War. As an engineer officer in the old army, Gilmer saw service in almost all parts of the country from the time of his graduation until he submitted his resignation, which was accepted June 29, 1861. Gilmer's first Confederate duties were as chief engineer to General Albert Sidney Johnston; and he was wounded at Shiloh, where his commanding officer was killed. Promoted directly from colonel of engineers to major general on August 25, 1863, he had meantime been chief engineer of the Department of Northern Virginia and chief of the engineer bureau of the Confederate War Department. He later assisted in laying out the defenses of Charleston and Atlanta. General Gilmer was perhaps the outstanding military engineer in the service of the South. From 1867 until his death in Savannah, December 1, 1883, he was president of the Savannah Gas Light Company. He is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.