★ ★  Gibbon, John

John Gibbon

April 20, 1827

Birthplace: Holmesburg, Pennsylvania

Father: Dr. John Heysham Gibbon 1795 – 1868
(Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, North Carolina)​

Mother: Catherine Lardner 1799 – 1874
(Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, North Carolina)​

Wife: Frances Morale 1830 – 1919
(Buried: New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland)​


Katherine Lardner “Katy” Gibbon McCoy 1858 – 1888​
(Buried: Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery, Vancouver, Washington)​


1847: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (20th in class)​

Occupation before War:

1847: Brevet 2nd Lt. United States Army, 3rd Artillery​
1847 – 1850: 2nd Lt. United States Army, 4th Artillery​
1847 – 1848: Served in the Mexican – American War​
1848: Garrison Duty at Fort Monroe, Virginia​
1848 – 1849: Garrison Duty at Fort Brooke, Florida​
1849 – 1850: Served in Florida against the Seminoles​
1850 – 1859: 1st Lt. United States Army, 4th Artillery
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1854 – 1857: Assistant Artillery Instructor at West Point​
1857: Member of the Board to test the merits of Breech loading rifles​
1859 – 1866: Captain, United States Army 4th Artillery​
1860 – 1861: Frontier Duty in Utah Territory​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Chief of Artillery for McDowell’s Division​
1862 – 1864: Brigadier General Union Army Volunteers​
1862: Brigade Commander for Department of the Rappahannock​
1862: Served in the Second Battle Bull Run, Virginia​
1862: Served In the Battle of South Mountain​
1862: Served in the Battle of Antietam, Maryland​
1862: Brevetted Major for Gallantry at Battle of Antietam​
1862: Wounded in the wrist at Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1862: Brevetted Lt. Colonel for Gallantry Battle of Fredericksburg​
1863: Wounded in the scapula at the Battle of Gettysburg​
1863: Brevetted Colonel for Gallantry Battle of Gettysburg​
1863: Commander of Draft Depot in Cleveland, Ohio​
1863 – 1864: Commander of Draft Depot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania​
1864: Served in the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia​
1864: Served in the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia​
1864 – 1866: Major General of Union Army Volunteers​
1865: Brevet Brig. General for Gallantry at Battle of Spotsylvania​
1865: Brevet Major General for Gallantry in Capture of Petersburg, Virginia​
1865: One of the Commissioners at Appomattox Court House, Virginia​
1865 – 1866: Commander District of Nottoway​
1866: Mustered out of the Union Army on January 15th
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Occupation after War:

1859 – 1866: Captain United States Army 4th​ Artillery​
1866: Member of United States Army, Artillery Board​
1866: Member of Board recommendations for Brevets​
1866 – 1869: Colonel, United States Army, 36th Infantry Regiment​
1866 – 1867: Commander of Fort Kearny, Nebraska​
1868: Commander of Fort Sanders, Dakota Territory​
1868: Commander of Rocky Mountain District​
1869 – 1885: Colonel United States Army 7th Infantry Regiment​
1877: Wounded in the thigh at the Battle of Big Hole Pass​
1878: Member of board to investigate Dr. Hammond, Surgeon General​
1878 – 1879: Commander of U.S. Army, Department of Dakota​
1884 – 1885: Commander of Fort Laramie, Dakota​
1885 – 1891: Brigadier General United States Army​
1885 – 1891: Commander of U.S. Army, Department of Columbia​
1890 – 1891: Commander of U.S. Army, Division of the Pacific​
1891: Retired from United States Army on April 30th due to age​
1895 – 1896: Commander – in – chief of the Loyal Legion​

Died: February 6, 1896

Place of Death: Baltimore, Maryland

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Age at time of Death: 69 years old

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
After serving as Chief Artillerist for McDowell and earning his promotion to Brigadier He was assigned a brigade. This Brigade was the all western brigade serving in the armies of Virginia, The Black Hat Brigade or Iron Brigade.