79th PA Infantry

George Washington Gibson

Theme from Ken Burns' The Civil War

George Washington Gibson (1841 - 1929)

Private, Company D, 79th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

79th Pensylvania Infantry Battle Flag

George Washington Gibson was my Great-Grandfather and, among other things, a Civil War veteran.  He enlisted in Captain McBride's Company of the 79th PA Volunteer Infantry at Monongahela City, PA on September 7, 1861 for "three years or the duration of the war."

Captain McBride's Company later became Company D, 79th Pennsylvania Infantry.   

The regiment was formed in Lancaster County, PA.  Company D was the only company in the 79th Pennsylvania Infantry recruited in Washington County, PA.  All other companies were originally made up of men from Lancaster County.

The records show George was 20 years old at the time; however, there is some uncertainty as to his exact age since the family Bible recording his birth was destroyed during a flood.