David Bell McKibbin

Although never completing his studies at the USMA (he left in 1848), McKibbin brought plenty of initiative to his appointment as an officer with the new 9th Infantry Regiment in 1855.

During the 1850s, Lt. McKibbin and his wife, Marian (born 1833), witnessed the growth of Fort Steilacoom serving as a platoon leader in Company H, 9th Infantry. His aggressive leadership in a sharp firefight along the White River in 1856 was recognized by then Captain E.D. Keyes in Keyes’ later memoirs.

In 1861, McKibbin secured a transfer to the newly-raised 14th U.S. Infantry, eventually earning promotion to Captain and command of the 2nd Battalion of the 14th. He saw significant action during the Peninsula Campaign and at the Battle of Antietam.

By 1863, McKibbin had left the 14th to take a command as colonel of the 158th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. When that regiment’s term of service expired in 1863, McKibbin returned to the Regulars of the 14th Infantry and fought in the Wilderness and Petersburg Campaigns.

At the end of the war, McKibbin secured a short-lived colonelcy in the 214th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. In 1866 Capt. McKibbin transferred out of the 14th to the 32nd Infantry and served with this regiment for only a year.

He ended his army career as a major in both the 10th Infantry (1867) and 10th Cavalry (1870), retiring on May 31, 1875. Major David Bell McKibbin died November 8, 1890 in Washington, D.C.