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Federal (USV)


George W. Gibson

(1841 - 1886)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old stonecutter in Quincy, MA, he enlisted on 16 April 1861 for three months' service as a Private in Company H, 4th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia (Infantry). He mustered out on 22 July in Boston, then enlisted as a Corporal in Company C, 21st Massachusetts Infantry. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 29 July 1862 and promoted to First Lieutenant on 2 September.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated in US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD, dates not given. He was tried by General Court Martial in May 1863 on a charge of "Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman", was found guilty, and was dismissed from the service on 5 June 1863.

He enlisted again, as a Private, Company F, 4th Massachusetts Cavalry, on 27 January 1864 and was discharged on 27 July 1865.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.




03/15/1886; burial in Hall Cemetery, Quincy, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 1, pg. 223; Vol. 2, pg. 609; Vol. 6, pg. 451  [AotW citation 26487]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26488]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #64  [AotW citation 26489]