b. 24/07/1842 Sharon, Connecticut. d. 29/05/1917 Winsted, Connecticut.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/04/1865 Petersburg, Virginia.
Gibbs received his country’s highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor. Gibbs’s medal was won for his capturing the flag during the Third Battle of Petersburg on April 2, 1865. He was honored with the award on May 10, 1865. Following his Medal of Honor his rank was subsequently reduced to Private, for reasons unknown.
Gibbs was born in Sharon, Connecticut. He joined the Army from Salisbury, Connecticut in August 1862, and mustered out with his regiment in August 1865.
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.
BURIAL LOCATION: FOREST VIEW CEMETERY, WINSTED, CONNECTICUT.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.