Randall Lee Gibson

Brigadier General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

Randall Lee Gibson was born at the residence of his grandfather near Versailles, Kentucky, September 10, 1832, while his parents were there on a visit. He received his early education from a private tutor on his father's plantation, "Live Oaks," in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and at Yale University, from which he was graduated in 1853. After completing his law studies, he spent several years abroad, and was for six months attaché of the American embassy in Madrid. At the outbreak of war he served for a time as aide-de-camp to Governor Moore of Louisiana and, in August 1861, was commissioned colonel of the 13th Louisiana Infantry, which he led at Shiloh, in the Kentucky campaign, and at Chickamauga. Promoted brigadier general from January 11, 1864, he was distinguished during the Atlanta campaign and in Hood's later invasion of Tennessee. His last military service was in the defense of Spanish Fort near Mobile, Alabama. General Gibson's post-bellum career was no less noteworthy. While practicing law in New Orleans, he was elected to the lower house of Congress in 1872, but was refused his seat. Again elected in 1874, he served until 1882, at which time he won a seat in the United States Senate, and was re-elected to that body in 1888, but died at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on December 15, 1892, before the expiration of his term. Besides his Congressional activities he served on the boards of numerous educational and scientific institutions, and was president of the board of administration of Tulane University from 1884 until his death. He is buried in Lexington, Kentucky.

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