|Repository:||Georgia Historical Society|
|Title:||Gilmer family papers|
|Extent:||0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)|
The Gilmer family resided in Savannah, Georgia.
Jeremy Francis Gilmer (1818-1883) was born in Savannah, Georgia and married Louisa Frederika Alexander, also of Savannah, in 1850. He was a graduate of West Point and was an engineer in the U.S. Army until the Civil War broke out and he was appointed a colonel in the Confederate States Army and was the Chief Engineer to Major General Albert Sidney Johnston. Gilmer was later appointed to Major General, Chief Engineer of the War Department and assisted in setting up defenses in Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. From 1867 until his death in 1883, Gilmer was the president of the Savannah Gas Light Company.
This collection contains three photographs and two letters from members of the Gilmer family from 1878 to 1881. The photographs are of Jeremy F. Gilmer; his wife, Louisa Frederika Alexander; and one of their summer home in Clarkesville, Georgia. The letters are both written by Jeremy F. Gilmer and are addressed to Nannie Hutchinson of Savannah, Georgia.
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