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Obituary of James N. Gilmer, Seattle, Washington. September, 1920.

Col. James N. Gilmer, a resident of Seattle, Wash., for more that thirty-one years, died there recently.

Colonel Gilmer was born near Montgomery, Ala., on March 20, 1839. At the age of twenty he was graduated from the Georgia Military Institute. Two years later, at the outbreak of the War between the States, he entered the Confederate army as adjutant of the 5th Alabama Regiment and served with distinction throughout the conflict.

After the close of the war he entered the cotton warehouse business with his father, later taking over the entire business. In the early eighties he served as adjutant general of the State of Alabama, He removed to Seattle, Wash., in 1889, and since that time had made his home there. He had been an active member of the local alumni of the Sigma Alpha Epislon, being the oldest member of the fraternity in the country, both in point of age and length of membership. He joined the Georgia Pi Chapter of the society in 1857.

Colonel Gilmer was instrumental in organizing the local Camp of Confederate Veterans, in which he took a great deal of interest. He was also a member of the Knights of Pythias and took an active interest in Church work, attending in recent years Christ Episcopal Church, Seattle.

Colonel Gilmer is survived by his wife, five sons, and two daughters.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1920.

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