Capt Robert Hooker Gillette

Capt Robert Hooker Gillette

Birth
Bloomfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 16 Jan 1865 (aged 22)
New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 10462312 · View Source
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A son of Francis and Elisabeth (Hooker) Gillette, brother of Congressman Edward Hooker Gillette and actor/playwright William Gillette, he was a paymaster on the U.S.S. Gettysburg in the two assaults on Fort Fisher in North Carolina. He was killed at Fort Fisher on the morning of January 16, 1865, after the surrender, when the powder magazine exploded. He was just 22 1/2 years old.
Robert Hooker Gillette was dutiful, affectionate, genial, his memory is fragrant in the home-circle.
"I am willing to die for my country", he said. "His noble, manly, generous qualities", wrote his Captain, "had endeared him to us all. He was loved and respected throughout the fleet. I feel that I have lost a brother and the Country a most honorable, upright and brave defender".
"I shall go into battle trusting in God that He will do by me what is best for us all. I hope He will permit me to live. Soon all will be over, and whatever is to be will have been".




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  • Maintained by: Henry Zecher
  • Originally Created by: Richard Lukmin
  • Added: 12 Feb 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10462312
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Robert Hooker Gillette (1 Aug 1842–16 Jan 1865), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10462312, citing Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Henry Zecher (contributor 47094911) .