Military service in the 7th New York Regt., 51st New York Infantry during the Civil War; served on several general’s staffs, Brevet Brigadier General, USV, Dec. 2, 1864.
Gilbert H. McKibbin, Jr. began is military career as a private in the 7th New York Regiment, a prominent City unit organized long before the Civil War. McKibbin enlisted in the 51st New York Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant on October 9, 1861, and promoted to 1st Lt. in May of 1862 before becoming a captain and assistant adjutant general of U.S. Vols. in October of that year. By the 2nd of December of 1864, he had held brevet ranks as major, Ltcol., colonel, brigadier general of volunteers. He served on the staffs of Brigadier Generals Edward Ferrero, and Robert B. Potter, both of whom he had known as brother officers in the 51st New York at the beginning of the war. His last assignment was with the 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.
General McKibbin attended the College of the City of New York, and after the war was engaged as a publisher of children’s and school books.
He maintained associations with veterans organizations, (7th and 51st New York), and was an Ex-junior vise commander of the Commandry of the MOLLUS in New York in 1920.
The grouping of medals, badges, and other items include:
- Gold 7th Regiment Veteran’s brooch on red ribbon with three brass bars (plain- each one may have represented years). 35mm widest.
- Army of the Potomac badge (on a replacement ribbon, (not completely re-assembled-as purchased). Made of gold and enamel.
- Civil War worn 9th Army Corps badge with original red, white and blue ribbon, made of dark bronze. Approximately 70mm long.
- MOLLUS medal, gold and enamel, engraved and numbered “1829.”
- Society of the War. Veterans. 7th National Guard State of New York gold medal with enameling. Original red, gray and black stripe. Numbered very low, “9.”
- NYC LaFayette Post 140 badge, Dept. New York GAR marked on back. Badge is suspended from ribbon/hanger.
- 7th Regiment “Long & Faithful Service” medal with blue silk ribbon, made by TIFFANY & CO., and engraved on the reverse, ” Gen. Gilbert H. McKibbin / 1885,” No. 334.”
- 51st Regt. 1861 New York State Volunteers, SHEPARD RIFLES medal made by TIFFANY & CO. Dark chocolate bronze. Reverse reads, “Ninth Army Corps” with eagle on top of federal and NY state shield, with the 9th Army Corps badge below. Great looking medal.
- Grand Army of the Republic members badge.
- 7th Regiment NG lapel stud in bronze.
- GAR lapel stud in bronze.
- Small fraternal type pin of gold and bronze with blue enamel number “103” on the axe head. 32mm long with “T” bar pin.
- College Medallion in Sterling; latin meaning on medallion for the College of the City of New York, with date 1847 in Roman numerals (date of establishment), made of a bronze finished sterling silver with enamel accents. 30mm diameter.
The medals and badges are all in fine or better condition other than any other issues previously mentioned above. The paper work came with the grouping; the image of McKibbin is a computer copied image.
A fine historic group for a Civil War general officer.