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R.P. McKibbin

R.P. McKibbin

Federal (USA)


Robert Peebles McKibbin

(1834 - 1873)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Yale University, Class of 1859

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 4th US Infantry on 5 August 1861. By March 1862, when the Regiment left Washington DC for the Peninsular Campaign, he was in command of Company K. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 1 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded Company K at Antietam on 17 September 1862, and was wounded in action there.

The rest of the War

He was "on disbursing duty" in Boston into 1864, then aide-de-camp, First Division, 9th Army Corps. Promoted Captain on 20 January 1865. He was honored by brevets to Captain (17 Sep 62) for Antietam, Major (13 Mar 65) for Petersburg, VA, and Lieutenant Colonel (13 Mar 65) for War service.

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service, in the West. He resigned on 15 March 1870.

References & notes

Basic information from Heitman1 and Powell.2 His role at Antietam from Captain Dryer's Report. His c. 1865 photograph is from the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


08/17/1834; Pittsburgh, PA


07/21/1873; Galveston, TX; burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, PA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 673  [AotW citation 14690]

2   Powell, William Henry, A History of the Organization and Movements of the Fourth Regiment of Infantry, United States Army, Washington, DC: McGill and Witherow, Printers and Stereotypers, 1871, pp. 52, 154 - 155  [AotW citation 14691]

3   US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: Vol. 10, pg. 466  [AotW citation 14692]