Captain Robert Hooker Gillett
|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|
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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
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
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.