George Gibbs Dibrell

Brigadier General

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

George Gibbs Dibrell was born at Sparta, Tennessee, April 12, 1822. Notwithstanding a scanty education, he became a successful merchant and farmer in his home town. In 1861 he was elected to the state convention as a Union delegate, but after the majority of the voters decided in favor of secession, he enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army. The following year he recruited the 8th Tennessee Cavalry, attached to Bedford Forrest's command, with himself as colone.  Rising to brigade command in 1863, he served with Forrest until detached to join General Joseph E. Johnston at Dalton, after which time he served in the corps of General Joseph Wheeler.  He was appointed brigade general on January 2, 1865 to rank from July 26, 1864.  After the fall of Richmond and during the flight of the Confederate government southward, he was in charge of the archives.  He was finally paroled at Washington, Georgia, on May 9, 1865.  After the war General Dibrell had a notable career as merchant, financier, and member of congress (1874-84); he was also president of the Southwesten Railroad and principal developer of the Bon Air coal mines.  The last years of his life were spent in Sparta, Tennessee, where he died, May 9, 1888, and where he is buried.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.