John Gibbon


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(1827–96) Union army officer, born in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania. Gibbon gained fame at Gettysburg (1863) when his division repulsed Gen. George E. Pickett's charge and then successfully defended Cemetery Hill. As a commander he was known as a firm disciplinarian (his unit was called the “Iron Brigade”).


From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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