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GIBSON, James, soldier, born in South Milford, Sussex County, Delaware; died in Fort Erie, Canada, 18 September, 1814. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1808, appointed captain in 1810, assistant inspector-general in 1813, colonel and inspector-general in July of the same year, and colonel of the 4th rifles, 21 February, 1814. He was engaged in the battle of Queenstown Heights, 13 October, 1812, and served with distinction in the campaign on the Niagara frontier in 1814. During the months of August and September of this year General Drummond, of the British army, besieged Fort Erie, which was held by the Americans under General Jacob Brown. On 17 September General Brown made a sudden sortie with 2,000 men against the besiegers, dismounted their guns, and destroyed their works. In this attack Colonel Gibson received a wound, from which he (tied the next day.
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