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Lorain in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

General Quincy Adams Gillmore

General Quincy Adams Gillmore Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
1. General Quincy Adams Gillmore Marker, side one
Inscription.  Quincy Adams Gillmore, considered one of the greatest military engineers and artillerists of the Civil War, was born to Quartus Gillmore and Elizabeth Reid Gillmore at this location in l825. He attended Norwalk Academy and taught high school in Elyria before embarking on a military career. Graduating first in his class at West Point in 1849, he entered the Corps of Engineers. 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.

Gillmore was given command of the Department of the South, including South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida in 1863. Gillmore’s 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. Gillmore’s bombardment of Confederate-held Fort
General Quincy Adams Gillmore Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
2. General Quincy Adams Gillmore Marker
Sumter caused its near total destruction. In 1864, Gillmore was involved in the landing at Bermuda Hundred, in Virginia, and subsequent battles. From February to November 1865. Gillmore again commanded the Department of the South. 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.
Erected 2016 by the Quincy Adams Gillmore Civil War Roundtable and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 31-47.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 27.716′ N, 82° 11.814′ W. Marker is in Lorain, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Erie Avenue (U.S. 6) and Parkview Avenue. It is in Lakeview Park near Archwood Avenue, but the roads in the park are one-way so you must enter at Parkview Avenue and drive all the way through the park to the last parking area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 W Erie Ave, Lorain OH 44052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Quincy A. Gillmore (here, next to this marker); Lakeview Park War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Helen Steiner Rice
General Quincy Adams Gillmore Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
3. General Quincy Adams Gillmore Marker
This view is looking east.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lorain Tornado, 1924 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Trading Post (approx. 1.2 miles away); Founding of Lorain, Ohio (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lorain Station 100 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lorain West Breakwater Lighthouse / Saving the Lorain Lighthouse (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorain.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Quincy Adams Gillmore. Excerpt:
Gillmore decided on siege operations to capture Fort Wagner, South Carolina, using innovative technology such as the Requa gun and calcium flood light to blind opponents during trenching efforts. He also implanted a massive Parrott rifle, nicknamed the “Swamp Angel,” which fired 200-pound shots into the city of Charleston itself. Despite the swampy ground Union troops were able to work their way toward Fort Wagner. Meanwhile, Gillmore’s artillery pounded Fort Sumter into rubble. On September 7 Gillmore's forces captured Fort Wagner.
(Submitted on December 10, 2019.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Q. A. Gilmore image. Click for full size.
Steel engraving by unknown author via Wikipedia Commons
4. Q. A. Gilmore
From the 1865 book Engineer and artillery operations against the defences of Charleston Harbor

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 10, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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