{⋆★⋆} BG Gibson, Randall L.

Randall Lee Gibson

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Born: September 10, 1832

Birth Place: Spring Hill Plantation, Versailles, Kentucky

Father: Tobias Gibson 1800 – 1872
(Buried: Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​

Mother: Louisiana Breckinridge Hart 1803 – 1851
(Buried: Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​

Wife: Mary Montgomery 1845 – 1887
(Buried: Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​


William Preston Johnson Gibson 1879 – 1937​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
Louisiana Breckinridge Gibson 1887 – 1888​
(Buried: Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​


1853: Graduated from Yale University​
Graduated from University of Louisiana Law School​


Planter and Lawyer in the State of Louisiana​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1864: Colonel of 13th Louisiana Infantry
General Gibson after War.jpg
1862: Participated in the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862: Took Part in the Kentucky Campaign​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chickamuga​
1864 – 1865: Brigadier General in the Confederate Army, Infantry​
1864: Participated in the Atlanta Campaign​
1864: Participated in the Franklin – Nashville Campaign​
1864 – 1865: Assigned to the defense of Mobile, Alabama​
1865: Participated in the Siege of the Spanish Fort in Mobile, Alabama​

Occupation after War:

Attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana​
Administrator of Howard Memorial Library​
Trustee of the Peabody Fund​
Regent of the Smithsonian Institute
President of board of Administrators of Tulane University​
1875 – 1883: United States Congressman from Louisiana​
1883 – 1892: United States Senator from Louisiana​

Died: December 15, 1892

Place of Death: Hot Springs, Arkansas

Cause of Death: Heart Disease

Age at time of Death: 60 years old

Burial Place: Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky
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Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Randall's great-great-great grandfather, Gideon Gibson, a freeman from Virginia, not that Randall knew or wanted people to know. In the postwar years, accusations of his heritage were made. He did some research, found out his ancestors were "land-owner", and, not bothering or not wanting to do more research, decided that was enough to prove he was white to his critics.
Thus, Gibson may be the only Confederate general of mixed raced heritage.


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
During the peak of the secession crisis ,at the very beginning of the war, he became an aide to governor Thomas O. Moore. And before becoming col. of the 13th Louisiana Infantry he was captain in the 1st.Louisiana Artillery.


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
At Murphreesboro He suceeded the wounded Daniel W. Adams in brigade command. This was a consolidated brigade that made up of the 13th and the 20th Louisiana Infantrys. He again took over this brigades command when Adams was again wounded and captured at Chickamauga. He led this brigade through the Atlanta Campaign.

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