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First Name: George

Last Name: Gibson

Birthplace: Westover, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: C.

Date of Birth: 01 September 1775

Date of Death: 30 September 1861

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
George C. Gibson

•  Indian Wars (1775 - 1924) intermittent
•  War of 1812
•  Mexican-American Wars (1846 - 1848)


George C. Gibson
Brevet Major General, U.S. Army

George C. Gibson was born on 1 September 1775 in Westover, PA.

Gibson came from a family of soldiers and entered into the Army as a Captain in the 5th Infantry Regiment on 3 May 1808. Serving in the War of 1812, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 15 August 1813 and President Madison appointed him Quartermaster General on 29 April 1816. As Quartermaster General for the Southern Division, he was called upon to supply the campaign against the Seminole Indians in West Florida.

In April 1818, he was appointed Chief Administrator Officer to the newly created office of Commissary General of Subsistence in Washington, DC. On 29 April 1826, he was awarded the rank of Brigadier General for ten years of faithful service and on 30 May 1848, he was given the brevet rank of Major General for meritorious conduct, in performing his duties in the War with Mexico.

At the time of his death, he was the oldest officer in the Army at age 87 and the 11th Quartermaster General.

Death and Burial

Major General George C. Gibson died on 30 September 1861 in Washington, DC. He was honored at an elaborate military funeral attended by President Lincoln, members of his cabinet, and Generals George B. McClellan and Winfield Scott. He is buried at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.

Honoree ID: 2554   Created by: MHOH




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