Union Brig. Gen. John Gibbon commanded the Second Division of the Second Corps in the Army of the Potomac. John Gibbon (April 20, 1827 – February 6, 1896) was a career United States Army officer who fought in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. When General Hancock was wounded on July 3, Gibbon briefly commanded the 2nd Corps until he himself was wounded in the shoulder. His division did bore the brunt of fighting during the defense against Pickett’s Charge on July 3. Although born in Pennsylvania, Gibbon was appointed to West Point from North Carolina. The town of Gibbon in south central Minnesota is named after him.
Location: Hancock Avenue.
Description: Portrait of Brig. Gen. John Gibbon stands on a columnic, castellated pedestal and a tiered base. He is dressed in uniform, with a wide-brimmed hat. He holds his sword and scabbard in his proper left hand. He holds field glasses in the proper right hand which is extended back, as the figure is in mid-stride. John Gibbon (1827-1896) commanded the 2nd Division of Winfield S. Hancock’s 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac. Though it took until 1988 to erect a monument to General Gibbon, an article discussing the Gettysburg Monument Commission’s original recommendation to the governor to erect a monument to General Gibbon appeared in 1913. The monument cost roughly $80,000. The base was reused from a Pennsylvania GAR Cemetery.