(1825-88) Graduated #1 in the West Point class of 1849. Gillmore was chief engineer of the Port Royal, S.C. expedition in 1861-62 which effected an important Union lodgement on the Carolina coast. His greatest moment in the Civil War came when his brilliant plan reduced Fort Pulaski, Ga., the Confederate stronghold which guarded the approach to the Savannah River. In 1863 he commanded the Department of the South and was in charge of the Charleston campaign. It was said that his operations constituted a new era in the science of engineering and gunnery. In 1864, he served under General Benjamin F. Butler and was involved in the Bermuda Hundred, Va. campaign. In February 1865, he returned to the command of the Department of the South until the end of the war.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view in uniform with rank of brigadier general, and holding his kepi with U.S. cloth hat wreath insignia. No back mark. Very sharp and desirable image.