Rare view of Major Alfred Gibbs 7th US Cavalry and major general, US Army.
I have been unable to find this pose of Gibbs anywhere, either the web or in any of the numerous books I have on the 7th Cavalry.
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Brevet Major-General Alfred Gibbs was born, Apr. 22,a2 1823, at Sunswick, L. I., near Astoria, N. Y. After receiving a good preliminary education at White Plains, N. Y., and Dartmouth College, N. H., he went to the Military Academy, from which he was graduated and promoted to the Mounted Rifles, July 1, 1846. As a boy he gave promise of his successful after-career, being bright, active, and plucky, a good rider, and very fond of all out-door sports.
After a short term of garrison duty, Gibbs was ordered to Mexico, and participated in all the operations of Scott's campaign, from the Siege of Vera Cruz to the Capture of the City of Mexico, being wounded in the Battle of Cerro Gordo. For his "gallant and meritorious" conduct, he received the brevets of First Lieutenant and Captain. Becoming the Aide-de‑Camp of Major-General P. F. Smith, he served at his headquarters on the Pacific and in Texas till 1856. He then joined his troop, and was on frontier duty and scouting against the Apache Indians, being p291severely wounded in a skirmish at Cook'sē Spring, N. M., Mar. 8, 1857. In 1858 he became the Adjutant of his regiment, and was again ordered to New Mexico after a tour of recruiting service, 1858‑60. He declined the appointment of Assistant Adjutant-General, May 11, 1861, preferring his own branch of service, in which he shortly was promoted to be a Captain.
Upon the outbreak of the Rebellion, while Gibbs was on the march to Fort Fillmore, N. M., he was captured by Texas insurgents at San Agustin Springs, July 8, 1861, and paroled as a prisoner of war until exchanged, Aug. 27, 1862. As soon as released, he became Colonel of the 130th N. Y. Volunteers, and took an active part in the military operations about Suffolk, Va., joined General Keyes in his Peninsular expedition, June 11 to July 12, 1863, and then re-organized his regiment as cavalry, with which he guarded the Orange and Alexandria Railroad till Nov. 26, 1863, when he took command of the Cavalry Reserve Brigade (Army of the Potomac), guarding trains, till Apr. 1, 1864. In the Richmond campaign of 1864, his brigade became a part of the First Cavalry Division of the Army of the Potomac, which was almost daily engaged in battle and on daring raids till transferred to the Shenandoah Valley, where he accompanied General Sheridan, and participated in all the engagements of his brilliant campaign. Gibbs's gallantry and meritorious services gave him the promotion of Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers, Oct. 19, 1864, the date of the Battle of Cedar Creek. After a short leave of absence, he again took command of his cavalry brigade, with which he accompanied Sheridan on his sixth raid on the Virginia Central and Danville Railroads and James River Canal, and in the final Attack and Pursuit of the Rebel Army of Northern Virginia, which terminated in the surrender of General Lee and his entire forces, Apr. 9, 1865, at Appomattox C. H. For his constant services in the field, Gibbs received the brevets of Colonel, Brigadier-General, and Major-General, U. S. Army, and of Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.
After active hostilities terminated in the North, Gibbs commanded a cavalry force in the Division of the Gulf, and was mustered out of volunteer service, Feb. 1, 1866, after which, as Major of the Seventh Cavalry, he was on frontier duty in Kansas till he died, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 26, 1868.
General Sheridan, who fully appreciated a true cavalry soldier, characterized Gibbs as a thoroughly trained and equipped officer, for he knew him to be punctilious in the discharge of all his military duties, and requiring the same fidelity from all under him. Though exacting this rigid discipline, he was greatly beloved by his men because of his kindness and constant attention to their comfort and health. Yet he was a perfect martinet in every requirement of cleanliness of person and accoutrements, punctuality in the performance of duty, and soldierly bearing on drill and on the battlefield. Off duty he was very companionable, cheery, jocose, fond of music, attractive to all his fellows, and most affectionate in his home circle. Dying at the early age of forty-four,b he was a signal loss to the military service.