Captain Robert Hooker Gillett

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Captain Robert Hooker Gillett

Birthdate: (22)
Birthplace: Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in New Hanover, North Carolina, United States
Cause of death: Powder Magazine Explosion on U.S.S. Gettysburg
Place of Burial: Farmington, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Gillette, U.S. Senator and Elizabeth Daggett Gillette
Brother of Edward H. Gillette; William Gillette; Frank Ashbel Gillett and Elizabeth G. Warner

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About Captain Robert Hooker Gillett

Recorded as written by John Banks ; Civil War blog:

Here's the front and back of a CDV of Hartford's Robert Hooker Gillette, a paymaster aboard the U.S.S. Gettysburg, who was killed when the magazine at Fort Fisher exploded in North Carolina on Jan. 16, 1865. An official inquiry determined that careless Federal soldiers, sailors and marines -- many of them drunk, firing their weapons and carrying torches in the magazine of the fort -- were to blame. The image, in the New York State Military Museum collection, once may have been tacked on the wall at the State Capital building in Albany with other images of Civil War soldiers. To my knowledge, Gillette had no connection to a New York unit, but he did serve briefly in the 14th Connecticut before he left the army because of illness shortly after the Battle of Antietam. He joined the Union navy in 1863.

Gillette, Robert H. Acting Assistant Paymaster, 21 July, 1863. Killed on Gettysburg, 16 January, 1865

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Taken from entry for William Gillette; Wikipedia:

The next brother, Robert, joined the Union Army and served in the Antietam campaign, was invalided home sick, recovered, and joined the Navy. Assigned to the U.S.S. Gettysburg, Robert Gillette took part in both assaults on Fort Fisher, but was killed the morning after the surrender of the fort when the powder magazine exploded.

Per Find a Grave Memorial:

Record added: Feb 12, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 10462312

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".

Information compiled by D. Glenn


http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10462312

Robert Hooker Gillett joined the Union army, served as a Captain in the Antietam campaign, was invalided home sick, recovered, and joined the Navy. Assigned to the U.S.S. Gettysburg as a paymaster, Robert took part in both assaults on Fort Fisher, but was killed the morning after the surrender of the fort when the powder magazine exploded.

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Captain Robert Hooker Gillett's Timeline

1842
August 1, 1842
Bloomfield, Connecticut, United States
1865
January 16, 1865
Age 22
New Hanover, North Carolina, United States
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Farmington, Connecticut, United States