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Famous General's Pocket Watch
Item #: df1717
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Absolutely beautiful American pocket watch presented to General Quincy Adams Gillmore. Articulately engraved on the face is his name and U.S.M.A. On the watch chain are two 1/2 dimes one dated 1849 commemorating his graduation from West Point and 1853 representative of his appointment to teach at West Point. Gilmore entered the United States Military Academy at West Point New York in 1845 and graduated in 1849, first in a class of 43 members. After several years of Military Service he was appointed as an instructor of Practical Military Engineering at West Point. At the beginning of the war Gillmore strongly advocated the use Naval rifled guns against stone fortifications. At the siege of Fort Pulaski he successfully breached the walls after firing nearly 5000 rounds into the fort. Gillmore was assigned to command the 10th corps in the department of the south and the siege of Charleston. General Gilmore commanded the union forces (including the 54th Massachusetts) in the attack of Fort Wagner made famous in the movie Glory. In February 1864 Gilmore sent troops to Florida which culminated in the bloody Federal defeat at the battle of Olustee, Florida. After the war Gillmore became a prominent civil engineer in New York City. It is interesting to note that after his first wife died he married the widow of former Confederate General Braxton Bragg. General Gillmore died April 11,1888 in Brooklyn, New York at the age of 63

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