Sep 29



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is an attorney in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Public Defender’s Office. Tony has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2006. He continues his series on United States Major General John Gibbon. Tony is standing near the Iron Brigade’s marker on Stone Avenue. This view was taken facing east at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

John Gibbon was born in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the fourth of ten children born to Dr. John Heysham Gibbon and Catharine Lardner Gibbon. When Gibbon was 11 years old the family moved near Charlotte, North Carolina, because Dr. Gibbon took a position as chief assayer at the U.S. Mint. John Gibbon graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1847 and was commissioned a brevet second lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Artillery. He served in the Mexican-American War without seeing combat, attempted to keep the peace between Seminoles and settlers in south Florida. In 1855, Gibbon married Francis “Fannie” North Moale. They had four children: Frances Moale Gibbon, Catharine “Katy” Lardner Gibbon, John Gibbon, Jr. (who died as a toddler) and John S. Gibbon. Lieutenant John Gibbon taught artillery tactics at West Point where he wrote The Artillerist’s Manual in 1859. The manual was used by both sides in the Civil War.

In our first Gibbon post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon showed us where Gibbon directed the Second Army Corps through Taneytown Maryland, and where they bivouacked near Gettysburg on the night of July 1, 1863.

In our second post, Licensed Battlefield Guide Tony Kellon described the three positions occupied by the Second Army Corps on July 2, 1863.

In our third post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tony Kellon provided biographical information on General Gibbon including how he rose in rank at the beginning of the war.

In today’s post, Tony Kellon describes the brigade and divisions commanded by Gibbon before Gettysburg. He also discusses Gibbon’s relatives from North Carolina.



This map shows the location of the videos taken during our series on John Gibbon. Videos #1-9 were shown in our previous Gibbon posts. Video #9 was taken near the James Wadsworth Statue on Reynolds Avenue along McPherson’s Ridge. Videos #10 and #11 were taken in McPherson’s Woods near the marker to the Iron Brigade. Video #12 was taken on Robinson Avenue near the marker to the Second Division of the First Corps. This map was created facing north at approximately 8:30 AM on Thursday, August 13, 2009.



This map continues showing the locations of the videos taken during our series on John Gibbon. Videos #13 was taken at the North Carolina State Monument on Seminary Ridge. Video #14 was taken on Houck’s Ridge near the markers to the U.S. Regulars. This map was created facing north at approximately 8:30 AM on Thursday, August 13, 2009.



Here’s a closer look at the Iron Brigade marker. This view was taken facing east at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

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In Video #10 Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing in Reynolds Woods/McPherson’s Woods/Herbst’s Woods east of Stone Avenue. He discusses how Brigadier-General John Gibbon took command of what would come to be known as the Iron Brigade. This view was taken facing east at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing in McPherson’s Woods near the monument to the 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing east at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

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In Video #11 Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing in Reynolds Woods/McPherson’s Woods/Herbst’s Woods west of Stone Avenue. He is across the avenue from the monument to the 24th Michigan Monument as he describes the distinctive clothing that Gibbon ordered the Iron Brigade to wear. This view was taken facing east at approximately 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.



Tony Kellon is standing near Robinson Avenue near the marker to the Second Division of the First Army Corps. The Gettysburg College athletic fields are in the background. This view was taken facing south at approximately 7:15 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.



A closer view of the marker to the Second Division of the First Army Corps (Robinson’s Division). This view was taken facing south at approximately 7:15 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

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In Video #12 Tony Kellon is standing south of Robinson Avenue near the marker to the Second Division of the First Army Corps. John Gibbon commanded this division during the Fredericksburg Campaign. This view was taken facing south at approximately 7:15 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing by the North Carolina State Monument on Seminary Ridge. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 7:30 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

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In Video #13 Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing on Seminary Ridge east of the North Carolina State Monument. He informs us about Gibbon’s relatives from North Carolina including his cousin, James Johnston Pettigrew. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 7:30 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing among the U.S. “Regulars” markers on Houck’s Ridge. This view was taken facing east at approximately 7:45 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.



Tony was standing by the marker to Hannibal Day’s Brigade of U.S. “Regulars.” This view was taken facing east at approximately 7:45 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

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In Video #14 Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing on Houck’s Ridge among the markers to the U.S. “Regulars” infantry regiments. He tells us that on June 29, 1863, there was a discussion that Gibbon might command the Regulars Division. This view was taken facing east to southeast to northeast at approximately 7:45 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2009.

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