Pierre Gentieu (1842 – 1930) was a French immigrant, a Civil War veteran, a writer, painter, and photographer. He grew up in Orthez, Lower Pyrenees, France, and came to America, alone, at the age of 18. As a Union soldier, he created three surviving artworks while at Camp Hubbard in Thibodaux, Louisiana. After the war, he married the sister of his 13th Connecticut comrade and best friend. He owned four various bakeries and restaurants in New York before moving to Wilmington, Delaware, in 1877 to work for the DuPont Powder Company, where he was a devoted employee until he retired in 1912. He left a valuble photographic and written record of nineteeth century life at the dangerous gunpowder factory in the beautiful Brandywine Valley. Pierre du Pont purchased the phototgraphy collection from Pierre Gentieu’s family after his death, donating the glass plate negatives to the Delaware Historical Society, and a set of prints to the Hagley Museum. Pierre was involved in Civil War veteran activities until the end of his life. He was one of the last remaining members of his Grand Army Republic post, and was president of the 13th Connecticut Veteran’s Association at the time of his death.

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