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William Stephens GibbonsRoster ID 1297
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1863|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Stephens Gibbons, Class of 1863: Genealogy: Born- July 27, 1842 in Harrisonburg, Va. Father- Samuel Gibbons; Mother- Christina Miller. Pat. Grandfather- Issac Gibbons; Pat. Grandmother- Mary Gangwer. Mat. Grandfather- Henry Miller, Jr.; Mat. Grandmother- Mary [maiden name unknown]. Married- Ella I. Pitner, daughter of Albert G. Pitner of Rome, Ga. on Oct. 19, 1877. Children- 1- William Stephens Gibbons, Jr.; 2- Robert Morrison Gibbons; 3- Charles Pitner Gibbons; 4- Fannie Lou Gibbons. VMI Record: Entered VMI- July 21, 1860 as 3rd Classman (Sophomore); Left in fall of 1861 to join the C.S.A; Made Honorary Graduate of the Class of 1863 on July 2, 1869. Civil War Record- Served as Drill Master for the VMI Corps of Cadets in Spring of 1861 stationed at Richmond, Va. and later at Harper's Ferry; Helped train Co. K of the 10th Va. and Co. K of the 1st Tenn.; On sick leave Aug. 1861; served as volunteer orderly to Col. Simeon B. Gibbons (his brother); officially enlisted Nov. 16, 1862 as Private in Co. K of the 10th Va. Regiment; Discharged Jan. 10, 1863 for health reasons (unofficial source says he had heart problems); Recovered from health problems and re-enlisted May 1, 1864 as Private in Co. C of the 39th Battalion, Va. Cavalry; Captured at Martinsburg June 28, 1864 operating behind U.S. lines; Federals tried to convict him of spying, then held him at Camp Chase, Ohio; Exchanged in March, 1865. Careers- Druggist in Va. until 1872; Moved to Rome, Ga. and became a farmer until his death. Died- April 11, 1931 in Rome, Ga. (His wife died 12 hours after him)|