Quincy Adams Gillmore Scarce Civil War Carte de Visite of Fort Wagner & the 54th Massachusetts Black Regiment
c. 1864 Civil War Period, Carte de Visite (CDV) Photograph of Union General Quincy Adams Gillmore on maker's mount of E. & H.T. Anthony, from a negative by Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, Very Fine.
An original and historic Civil War Carte de Visite (CDV) Photograph of Union General Quincy Adams Gillmore (1825-1886), measuring 2 3/8" x 4" is on the maker's mount of E. & H.T. Anthony, from a negative taken by famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, circa 1864. General Gillmore graduated West Point in 1849 and joined the Corps of Engineers. He played a major role in the siege of Fort Pulaski, Charleston, and commanded the Department of the South. He directed the 1864 siege of Fort Wagner, and ordered his forces integrated and armed for battle including the famous Black Regiment, the 54th Massachusetts U.S.C.T.. They and their assault on Ft. Wagner were the subject of the 1989 Civil War movie named "Glory." Gillmore later commanded the defenses of Washington, D.C. with the rank of Major General. Period notation "Gilmore" in brown ink below the image, having nice contrast and is in very good condition for display.
The Gillmore Medal is a military decoration of the United States Army which was first issued on October 28, 1863. The medal is named after Maj. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore who commanded Union troops attempting to seize Fort Wagner in 1863 during the American Civil War. Also called the Fort Sumter Medal, the Gillmore Medal commemorates the men who served in the fighting around Charleston, South Carolina, in 1863 and was presented to all Union soldiers who had served under General Gillmore's command.
Among the troops who assaulted Ft. Wagner was the 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-Americans led (as required by regulation) by white commissioned officers. Gillmore had ordered that his forces be integrated and that African-Americans were not to be assigned menial tasks only, such as KP or latrine duty, but instead they were to carry arms into battle. They and their assault on Ft. Wagner were the subject of the 1989 Civil War movie named "Glory."