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er being battered down during a protracted siege, Fort Sumter was remodelled, and rendered vastly stronger than it had previously been, by the skilful hand of General Gilmer, Chief of the Confederate Engineer Corps, and that various points were powerfully strengthened to resist the formidable forces that threatened them. Genera II., No. 1, July, 1876, p. 239. This stress laid upon Fort Sumter shows General Long's narrow appreciation of the subject. But as to Fort Sumter itself, General Gilmer had nothing to do with the remodelling of its battered walls, nor with the preparation and strengthening of the defences in and around Charleston and its harbber. At that time the works in South Carolina and Georgia were already planned, and in process of construction, almost all of them being entirely completed. General Gilmer was an educated Engineer, doubtless worthy of the rank he held in the Confederate service; and no one denies that, had General Lee been sent to Charleston, in
mmediate command of the defence of Morris Island. To particularize would be invidious—they, one and all, on every occasion, did their duty nobly. I have to express my acknowledgments of the valuable services rendered by Brigadier-General R. S. Ripley, in command of the First Military District, which included the City of Charleston and its outworks; he was invariably active, industrious, and intelligent, and carried out his important duties to my entire satisfaction. Although Major-General J. F. Gilmer arrived at Charleston only a few days before the evacuation of Morris Island, he was, nevertheless, active, zealous, and of assistance to me in holding the island to the last moment. To Colonel D. B. Harris, Chief-Engineer of the Department, I have to return my most sincere thanks; he was ever cool, gallant, and indefatigable in the performance of his arduous duties during the whole period of the operations on Morris Island; always present in the hour of need, he exposed himself
the 24th of August. additional report of Colonels Gilmer and Harris. General Beauregard resolves immediately to Fort Sumter (together with Colonel Gilmer, if agreeable to him), to confer with Colo1-inch—and that would soon be disabled. Colonel Gilmer: Of the same opinion as Lieutenant Johnsoned out, but considers it impracticable. Colonel Gilmer: It is entirely within the capacity of the within fifty yards without being seen. Colonel Gilmer: The defensive capacity of the fort is suf is embraced in the foregoing proceedings. J. F. Gilmer, Col. and Chief-Engr. of Bureau, D. B. Harr to be, General, very respectfully yours, J. F. Gilmer, Col. and Chief-Engr. of Bureau. D. B. Harps has reported for duty at this post. Major-General Gilmer and Lieutenant-Colonel Harris visited ttain casemates in northeast face, which Major-General Gilmer Promoted, about the 15th of Septembe Charleston, S. C., Oct. 28th, 1863. Major-General J. F. Gilmer, Second in Command, etc., Savannah, [4 more...]
prepares for an attack upon Charleston. instructions given to General Gilmer. attack of the 19th of November upon Fort Sumter. orders and ry arrangements the following instructions were forwarded to Major-General Gilmer on the 7th of November: General,—Should the enemy's , and an immediate advance on the night of the 7th of February. General Gilmer was at once ordered to put in motion, to report to General Finehe 3d of March—in other words, fourteen days after the battle. General Gilmer, who had been in the Department for several months, but whose sral. G. T. Beauregard. The next day he wrote as follows to General Gilmer: Charleston, S. C., April 10th, 1864. Major-Genl. J. F. Major-Genl. J. F. Gilmer, Comdg. Savannah, Ga.: My dear General,—Your favor of the 8th inst. has been received. I fully appreciate the views therein expresspatch: General Jones has not yet arrived. Have telegraphed Gilmer to come forthwith. I will leave to-morrow. I have recalled all So<
till his arrival at Augusta, on the 1st of February, he was incessantly engaged in issuing orders and giving and sending instructions for the rapid transportation of the remnant of General Hood's army. It was then that he called the attention of the War Department to the necessity of speedily finishing the railroad from Milledgeville to Mayfield, and asked authority to assign Major Hottle, A. Q. M., to that important work, which he deemed essential to further military operations. But General Gilmer was of a different opinion, and the War Department, therefore, paid no attention to General Beauregard's suggestion. He likewise appealed to Governors Brown (of Georgia) and Clark (of Mississippi), strongly advising them to use the militia of their respective States, and all other means in their power, to secure the return of deserters and absentees to their commands. To Brigadier-General Mackall, as He passed through Opelika, he gave specific orders concerning Palmer's battalion and t
of February 27th. Sharp's and Brantley's brigades must be with Lee's forces now on their way to join you. G. T. Beauregard. 6 Raleigh, N. C., March 29th, 1865. General Jos. E. Johnston, near Smithfield, N. C.: General Taylor reports Canby's army attacking Mobile from eastern side, and heavy force of Thomas's cavalry moving down through North Alabama. I wonder if Minerva has stamped on the earth for our foes? G. T. Beauregard. 7. Raleigh, N. C., March 29th, 1865. Major-General J. F. Gilmer, Chief-Engineer, C. S. A., Richmond, Va.: General Cobb and Mayor of Macon having represented iron referred to cannot be taken without serious injury to public service and to that city, I have authorized General Cobb and Colonel Meriwether to select the road from which iron should be taken forthwith. G. T. Beauregard. 8. Raleigh, N. C., March 29th, 1865. Lieut.-General S. D. Lee, Chester, S. C.: Send wagon-train by most direct route (dirt road) to Raleigh. Send your ar
ry Gregg? Order Colonel Butler, by telegraph, to confer with Colonel Gilmer, Chief-Engineer, C. S. A., and Lieutenant-Colonel Harris, Chiefeauregard, Genl. Comdg. General Beauregard's Indorsement on Colonels Gilmer and Harris's report of the condition of Sumter on the 24th of d Fla., Charleston, S. C., August 26th, 1863. The opinion of Colonel Gilmer and Lieutenant-Colonel Harris, of the Engineers, is approved. on. Resources of that section too large and vital to be lost. General Gilmer has been directed, as instructed, to repair at once to Mobile. (less drumming and firing of small-arms) than usual, I gave Major-General Gilmer, at Savannah, immediate notification of the fact, with instrmy in that direction, I returned to Charleston, leaving with Major-General Gilmer orders to hold the 64th Georgia Volunteers, the 1st Florida Telegram. Charleston, S. C., March 28th, 1864:11 h. A. M. Major-Genl. J. F. Gilmer, Comdg., etc., Savannah, Ga.: Cavalry order must be obe