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Wesley Gibbs
Born July 24, 1842
Died May 29, 1917
Place of birth Sharon, Connecticut
Buried at Winsted, Connecticut
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Connecticut Company B, 2d Connecticut Heavy Artillery
Battles/wars Battle of Franklin
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Sergeant Wesley Gibbs (July 24, 1842 - May 29, 1917) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Gibbs received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Gibbs's medal was won for his capturing the flag during the Third Battle of Petersburg on April 2, 1865.[1] He was honored with the award on May 10, 1865.[2] Following his Medal of Honor his rank was subsequently reduced to Private, for reasons unknown.[3]

Gibbs was born in Sharon, Connecticut, entered service in Sailsbury, Connecticut, and was buried in Winsted, Connecticut, at Forest View Cemetery.[1][4]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Wesley Gibbs, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 2 April 1865, while serving with Company B, 2d Connecticut Heavy Artillery, in action at Petersburg, Virginia, for capture of flag.[1]

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