Near Pinewood in Sumter County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Col. David Dubose Gaillard
Engineer Of The Panama Canal
Born at Fulton Crossroads, Sept. 4, 1859, David DuBose Gaillard spent his boyhood in this section. He was graduated from West Point in 1884, rising to rank of Lieutenant-Colonel of Engineers. During the Spanish American War he organized and commanded the 3rd U. S. Volunteer Engineers. He served on the general staff of the army and on major engineering projects, including the Panama Canal.
Gaillard Cut of the Panama Canal was named for Col. Gaillard as a tribute to his distinguished work there. He planned and supervised the digging through the backbone of the continent at Culebra, acclaimed as a feat of engineering genius. He succeeded in this where others had failed, but gave his life to the effort, dying from the result of overwork, Dec. 5, 1913.
Erected 1979 by the Sumter County Historical Commission, replacing a marker erected by the same organization in 1953. (Marker Number 43-7.)
Location. 33° 43.653′ N, 80° 30.708′ W. Marker is near Pinewood, South Carolina, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of Milford Plantation Road (State Highway 43-808) and Camp Mac Boykin Road (State Highway 43-51), on the right when traveling south on Milford Touch for map. Marker can be found at Fulton Crossroads about 4 miles north of Rimini. Marker is in this post office area: Pinewood SC 29125, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Richard Richardson (approx. 1.4 miles away); Millford Plantation (approx. 1.4 miles away); Encounter at Halfway Swamp / Site of Original St. Mark's Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Halfway Swamp: (approx. 5.4 miles away); Richardson Graves (approx. 6.3 miles away); Site of Manchester (approx. 7.8 miles away); John M. Bates Bridge (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pinewood.
Also see . . .
1. Arlington National Cemetery; Lieutenant Colonel David DuBose Gaillard. He was born at Fulton, Sumter County, South Carolina, and September 4, 1859, educated at a private school and Mt. Zion School, Winnsboro, South Carolina, before being appointed to West Point, where he graduated in 1884. (Submitted on February 22, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Gaillard, David Du Bose, 1859-1913. A biography of Colonel Gaillard written in 1916. Available online in various formats courtesy of the Library of Congress. (Submitted on February 23, 2010.)
3. Photos and Stories about the History of the Panama Canal. (Submitted on February 23, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Categories. • Military • War, Spanish-American • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,777 times since then and 50 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week February 28, 2010. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. 3, 4. submitted on February 22, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on February 23, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.