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Civil War Soldiers - Tibbits

Tibbits, William B., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was a native of the state of New York, and was one of the first in that commonwealth to offer his services to the Federal cause. He was commissioned captain in the 2nd N. Y. infantry May 14, 1861, being mustered into the U. S. service at Troy for a term of two years. On May 18 he accompanied the regiment to New York and there embarked for Fortress Monroe, at the end of the journey encamping at Mill creek and participating in the battle of Big Bethel. On Aug. 5 the regiment was ordered to Newport News, where permanent quarters were erected and the ensuing winter was passed. In Jan., 1862, his regiment joined an expedition up the James river; on March 7 it became a part of the 1st brigade, 1st division, Army of Virginia; from April 6 to 17 it was stationed at Young's mills, and on June 6 was assigned to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, 3d corps. With his regiment Capt. Tibbits took part in the campaign on the Peninsula, was engaged near Fair Oaks and in the Seven Days' battles. During the campaign in Virginia he was active at Bristoe Station, Groveton, the second Bull Run and Chantilly. On Oct. 13, 1862, he was commissioned major of his regiment, which after various marches and counter-marches in Virginia, took part in the battle of Fredericksburg and then went into winter quarters near Falmouth, occupying the same until the opening of the Chancellorsville movement in the spring of 1863. On May 26, 1863, Maj. Tibbits was mustered out of the service, the term of enlistment for his regiment having expired. On Feb. 5, 1864, he again entered the service as colonel of the 21st N. Y. cavalry. With this regiment he served in the 1st brigade, 1st cavalry division, Army of West Virginia. He was at Remount camp, Md., from Aug. to the close of Oct., 1864, then joined the Army of the Shenandoah, being assigned to the 1st brigade, 2nd cavalry division. He saw much trying service throughout the year 1864, when his regiment was constantly employed in the arduous duties devolving on the cavalry arm of the service. During 1865 he took part in engagements near Paris, at White Post, and near Berryville, and on Oct. 18, 1865, he was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. He was mustered out of the service Jan. 15, 1866, and died Feb. 10, 1880.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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