General Alfred Gibbs had a distinguished American military career: in the Mexican-American War, Indian Wars, American Civil war, and was present at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Also Signed by General William W. Belknap who fought at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, and was U. S. Grants Secretary of War.
General Alfred Gibbs (1823 –1868) Signed Slip, "Alfred Gibbs, Bvt. Maj. Genl. Vol." 5.25 x 2, graduated from the United States West Point Military Academy in the class of 1846 and was a career officer who served and was twice wounded in the Mexican-American War and was wounded again by Apaches during frontier service in 1857. During the American Civil War his cavalry troops were active in many campaigns and battles, including: Battle of Cedar Creek, Siege of Petersburg, Battle of Yellow Tavern, and major battles of the Overland Campaign. He received three brevet general awards for meritorious service in three key battles, Trevilian Station, Opequon or Third Winchester and Five Forks. Gibbs's brigade fought at the Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia, on April 6, 1865, three days before the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia by General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, where Gibbs was present. General Alfred Gibbs had a distinguished American military career: in the Mexican-American War, Indian Wars, American Civil war, and was present at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.
On the reverse: General William Worth Belknap (1829-90) Signed Slip, "Wm. W. Belknap, Brig. Genl. Vols., Comdj. 3rd Brig. 4th Div. 17th F. C.", 5.25 x 2, was a lawyer, general in the Union Army (fought at battles of Shiloh, Corinth, and Vicksburg), government administrator in Iowa, and the 30th United States Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant. He is the only Cabinet secretary ever to have been impeached by the United States House of Representatives (for receiving money for post tradership appointments). Both signatures are in fine condition, with light age toning and the Belknap signture cut close to top.