Brigadier General John Gibbon

John Gibbon commanded the Second Division, II Corps, Army of the Potomac. When Winfield Scott Hancock, the corps commander, was asked by George G. Meade, upon John Reynold's death, to take charge of the Union corps already at Gettysburg on 1 July, Gibbon was given command of II Corps. He served in this capacity on 2 July when Hancock was given command of the Union center.

On the morning of 3 July, Meade is said to have told Gibbon that the Confederate assault would be directed at the center of the Union lines, in other words, directly at Gibbon. Gibbon was wounded in the arm and shoulder during Longstreet's Assault on the afternoon of 3 July.

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Created 29 OCT 1999; Modified 23 JUL 2014