Universally esteemed and beloved, Albert Haller Gibboney died at his home, in Wythville, Va., on June 1, 1917, after a brief illness. He was born in Wytheville April 16, 1845, and there grew to manhood. When Virginia seceded and cast her lot with the Confederacy, he volunteered his services, enlisting at Lewisburg, Va. (now W. Va.), in Company H, 22nd Virginia Regiment. He later transferred to the staff of Gen. Henry Heth, by whom he was held in the highest esteem and who said of him: "Mr. Gibboney when a mere boy became a member of my military family at Wytheville, an aid on my staff, and remained with me during the entire war, participating in all the battles that I was engaged in, from the battle of Giles Courthouse to the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox, in April, 1865. He discharged every duty imposed upon him in the most gallant manner and was faithful to every trust. During a long life of nearly seventy years I have never met a man I could more cordially indorse [sic] for any position of trust."Reprinted from Confederate Veteran magazine, November, 1917.
In the battle of Gettysburg Mr. Gibboney carried General Heth from the field after the latter had been knocked unconscious by a spent ball. Although he participated in many hard-fought battles, among which were Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Second Cold Harbor, Spottsylvania, and the siege of Petersburg, he was never wounded.
Mr. Gibboney came from a long line of devout Lutherans, his great-great-grandfather, Rev. John Nicholas Kurtz, having come to America as a Lutheran missionary in 1745. In the years since the war he had become one of the most popular citizens of his section. He was public-spirited and patriotic, kind and affectionate to his family, and an unswerving Christian. The home in which he died has been in possession of the family for over a hundred years.
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A side note: The Henry Heth quoted above, at least as it has come down in history, has the distinction of being the only person in Robert E. Lee's entire army who the legendary Confederate commander addressed by his informal surname - Henry.