History at Home Programs

General Quincy Adams Gillmore

160th Anniversary of the Civil War

Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 PM EST

We are so excited to continue our ‘History at Home’ Programming, utilizing ZOOM technology! It has been too long since we have seen many of you due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and this technology gives us the chance to reach all of our Members and Friends, no matter where you live. So relax from the comfort of your home and enjoy the program. It will last just under an hour, including a chance for you to ask questions of the presenter. Don’t forget the popcorn!

In commemoration of the 160th Anniversary of the Civil War, we invite you to join local historian Matthew Weisman as he dives into the history of distinguished Lorainite General Quincy Adams Gillmore.

Gillmore was born in Black River, Ohio in 1825. He graduated from West Point in 1849 and is considered one of the greatest military engineers and artillerists of the Civil War. In August 1861, he served in the Union’s Port Royal expedition in South Carolina and later in the reduction of Fort Pulaski, which defended the water approach to Savannah, Georgia. The fort, considered impregnable to artillery, fell to Gillmore’s rifled cannon on April 11, 1862, after a two-day bombardment. His success effectively ended the use of large masonry fortifications.

In 1863 Gillmore was given command of the Department of the South, including South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. His task encompassed taking Charleston from the Confederacy. His department came to include the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, an African American unit who led a courageous assault on Fort Wagner. The 54th’s bravery during the battle inspired the recruiting of African-Americans units for the Union Army. After the war, he was appointed chief engineer for the fortification, harbor, and river improvements along the Atlantic coast. His research on cements and artificial stone is considered authoritative in the field. General Gillmore died in 1888 and is buried at West Point.

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Next Upcoming Program:
50th Anniversary of the Fire on the Roger Blough
May 18 @ 7 pm EST