Thoughts about General John Gibbon?

neyankee61

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Gibbon and Hancock had a falling out outside of Petersburg June 1864. Both men were exhausted from the never ending marching, fighting, the heat, and the overall stress.. Hancock's wound was open and causing him immense trouble. It is possible that Gibbon's wound was bothering him too. Gibbon would be transferred out of the II Corps and given command of the XXV Corps. Hancock was leave the II Corps also. It damaged the relationship between Hancock and Gibbon in the post war years.
Both Meade and Hancock thought highly of Gibbon, enough to give him control of the II Corps on July 1 when Meade ordered Hancock to Gettysburg and to turn the II Corps over to Gibbon.
 

Belfoured

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Aug 3, 2019
Gibbon and Hancock had a falling out outside of Petersburg June 1864. Both men were exhausted from the never ending marching, fighting, the heat, and the overall stress.. Hancock's wound was open and causing him immense trouble. It is possible that Gibbon's wound was bothering him too. Gibbon would be transferred out of the II Corps and given command of the XXV Corps. Hancock was leave the II Corps also. It damaged the relationship between Hancock and Gibbon in the post war years.
Both Meade and Hancock thought highly of Gibbon, enough to give him control of the II Corps on July 1 when Meade ordered Hancock to Gettysburg and to turn the II Corps over to Gibbon.
I think the tipping point was less a personal falling out between them than it was the failure of the II Corps at the Second Battle of Reams Station in late August 1864. The II Corps was pretty much fought out by that point and their performance in that fighting was the final "straw". Hancock was invalided and Gibbon took temporary command of the XVIII Corps before going on leave himself (when Godfrey Weitzel succeeded him).
 
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