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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1808

Vol. I

(Born Md.)

James Gibson

(Ap'd Del.)

Military History. — Cadet of the Military Academy, Oct. 20, 1806, to Dec. 12, 1808, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

First Lieut., Light Artillery, Dec. 12, 1808

Served: in garrison at Atlantic Posts, and on S. W. Frontier, 1808‑12;

(Captain, Light Artillery, May 2, 1810)

and in the War of 1812‑15, on the Niagara Frontier, in 1812, participating in the Attack on Queenstown Heights, U. C., Oct. 13, 1812, — on Inspection

(Major, Staff — Asst. Inspector-General, Apr. 2, 1813)

(Colonel, Staff — Inspector-General, July 13, 1813)

duty, 1812‑14, — and in the campaign of 1814 on the Niagara Frontier, being engaged in the Defense of Ft. Erie, U. C., Aug. 3-Sep. 17, 1814, including its Bombardment, Aug. 13‑15, Repulse of the enemy's

(Colonel, 4th Rifles, Feb. 21, 1814)

Assault, Aug. 15, and Sortie from it upon the British batteries and siege works, where he was

Killed, Sep. 17, 1814: Aged 33,

 p90  and where, in the language of the official dispatch, he "fully sustained the high military reputation which he had before so justly acquired."​1

The Author's Note:

1 Fort Gibson, on Ellis's Island, New York harbor, was so named to commemorate his gallant services.

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