Jeremy Francis Gilmer letter
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Jeremy Francis Gilmer letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Gilmer, Jeremy Francis, 1818-1883.
Title: Jeremy Francis Gilmer letter
Dates: 1855
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0310

Biographical/Historical Note

Jeremy Francis Gilmer was born in 1818 and died in 1883 in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from West Point and was an engineer in the United States Army. Gilmer married Louise Frederika Alexander of Savannah in 1850. In 1861, he was appointed colonel in the Confederate States Army and Chief Engineer to Major General Albert Sidney Johnston. Gilmer was later appointed Major General, Chief Engineer of the Department of Northern Virginia and Chief Engineer of the War Department. He assisted in setting up defenses of Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. From 1867 until his death, he was president of Savannah Gas Light Company.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from Jeremy Francis Gilmer to J.C. Osgood dated July 10, 1855. The letter concerns the dredging in the Savannah River and the necessity of removing obstructions placed in the river during the Revolutionary War.

Index Terms

Gilmer, Jeremy Francis, 1818-1883.
Letters (correspondence)
Osgood, J. C.
Savannah River (Ga. and S.C.)
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Naval operations.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Jeremy Francis Gilmer letter, MS 310, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Julia Sweet Newman, 1968.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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