Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Col. David DuBose Gaillard Engineer of the Panama Canal

Marker ID: SCHM 43-7
Location: Off SC 261, about twenty mi. S of intersection with US 76/378 at Fulton Crossroads, about four mi. W of Pinewood
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 43.653    W 080° 30.708
  33.72755    -80.5118
Style: Free Standing **


Born at Fulton Crossroads, Sept. 4, 1859, David DuBose Gaillard spent his boyhood in this section. He was graduated from West Point in 1884, rising to rank of lieutenant - colonel of engineers. During the Spanish American War he organized and commanded the 3rd U. S. Volunteer Engineers. He served on the general staff of the Army and on major engineering projects, including the Panama Canal.

Gaillard Cut of the Panama Canal was named for Col. Gaillard as a tribute to his distinguished work there. He planned and supervised the digging through the backbone of the continent at Culebra, acclaimed as a feat of engineering genius. He succeeded in this where others had failed, but gave his life to the effort, dying from the result of overwork, Dec. 5, 1913.

Erected by Sumter County Historical Commission - 1953


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