Lot 41    

Confederate Raider Harry Gilmor Fine Imperial Photograph
6/23/2011 - American History, Including the Civil War
A large format albumen photograph of Maryland Partisan Ranger, Harry Gilmor, dressed in uniform with a sword in his hand, unmarked, 9.25 x 12.5 in., matted and framed, 15 x 18.25 in.

Gilmor was a scout and raider operating in the Shenandoah Valley and western Maryland between the areas patrolled by John Mosby to his east and John McNeill to his west. He enlisted in the Confederate Army at the start of hostilities, quickly becoming conspicuous for his daring as a scout. He was promoted for gallantry at Harper's Ferry in December 1861 and wounded two months later, reportedly while breaking up a fight. On recovery he was put in command of Company F of the 12th Virginia Cavalry.

Captured in September 1862 and imprisoned at Fort McHenry, Gilmor was exchanged in February in time to join the spring campaigns. June saw him moving through Frederick, MD, and on into Pennsylvania, capturing Chambersburg, Carlisle and Gettysburg. He was provost marshal of Gettysburg from July 1-4, 1863.

Gilmor's guerilla raids continued to plague Union commanders through 1864. His raiders and raids easily created as much chaos as those of the better-known Mosby. Some of the most daring raids carried out by detached cavalry units were undertaken by Gilmor's Raiders.

Gilmor was wounded in battle at Bunker Hill, W.V., in July 1864. He was ultimately captured in bed in Moorefield, W.V., by Union troops dressed in Confederate uniforms on Feb. 4, 1865. This time he was imprisoned in Boston Harbor and not released until after the war, in July 1865.

Following the war, Gilmor eventually became police commissioner for Baltimore. He died in Baltimore in 1883, reportedly from complications from a war injury, and was buried in an area known as "Confederate Hill" in Loudon Park Cemetery.


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Even toning to photograph; not examined out of frame.
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