Nov 25



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 Taneytown Road and the headquarters marker for Brigadier General Henry Hunt. The “old” Cyclorama Building is at the top of Cemetery Ridge. The Leister House (Meade’s Headquarters) is in the right background. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 8, 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 our fourth post, Tony Kellon describes the brigade and divisions commanded by Gibbon before Gettysburg. He also discusses Gibbon’s relatives from North Carolina.

In today’s post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tony Kellon discusses Gibbon relationship with Henry Hunt and shows us the terrain defended by Gibbon’s Division on July 2nd and 3rd, 1863.



This map shows the location of the videos taken during our series on John Gibbon. Videos #1-14 were shown in our previous Gibbon posts. Video #15 was taken at the headquarters marker for Brigadier Henry Hunt on the Taneytown Road. Video #16 was taken at the marker for the Second Division of the Second Corps (Gibbon’s Division) on Cemetery Ridge’s Hancock Avenue. Video #17 was taken at the U.S. Regulars Monument on Cemetery Ridge. This map was created facing north at approximately 8:00 PM on Monday, November 23, 2009.



We have now moved to the west side of the Henry Hunt marker along the Taneytown Road. This view was taken facing east at approximately 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2009.

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In Video #15 Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing near the Henry Hunt headquarters marker near the Taneytown Road. He provides information about Hunt and Hunt’s pre-war relationship with John Gibbon. This view was taken facing southeast to north to southeast at approximately 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2009.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Tony Kellon is standing by the marker for the Second Division of the Second Corps on the east side of Hancock Avenue. The bronze statue to Brigadier General John Gibbon is in the background on the other (northeast) side of the curve. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2009.

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In Video #16 Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing by the marker for the Second Division of the Second Corps. He shows Gibbon’s position and describes Gibbon’s personal challenges at this time. This view was taken facing southeast to northeast to southeast at approximately 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2009.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Anthony Kellon is standing on Cemetery Ridge, on the east side of Hancock Avenue by the marker to the Second Division of the Second Corps (Gibbon’s Division). This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2009.



Tony Kellon is standing on Cemetery Ridge at the monument to the U.S. Regulars a little over a week before it was vandalized. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2009.

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In Video #17 Tony Kellon is standing at the monument to the U.S. Regulars on Cemetery Ridge. He shows the terrain defended by Gibbon’s Division on July 2nd and 3rd, 1863. This view was taken facing northwest to west to north to west to southwest to northwest at approximately 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2009.



The Codori Farm buildings along the Emmitsburg Road from the U.S. Regulars Monument on Cemetery Ridge. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 8, 2009.

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