American coin silver christening cup or mug with the inscription "Wm Borrowe Gibson from Wm Borrowe 1839".
A very nice, 12 sided coin silver cup sitting on a stepped, spreading circular pedestal base having a egg and dart applied border. The S scroll handle adds to its appeal. The cup is in excellent original condition, with no repairs or alterations.
William Borrowe Gibson was a graduate of Harvard Medical School, Class of 1862. He died in service as an assistant surgeon with the US Navy, Nov 8. 1862:
William Borrowe Gibson, asst. surg. U. S. N., Jan. 24, 1862; Naval. Hosp., Chelsea; U. S. S. "Hartford," W. Gulf Squad.; Mississippi River, bombardment Vicksburg; sent North on sick leave; died on U. S. S. "Connecticut," near Pensacola , November 8, 1862; "November 24, 1868, Dr. Gibson was a gentleman and most able officer, and was fully valued (for his excellent qualities) by his superiors. The profession has reason to lament his early death."—H. I. Bowditch.
DEATH OF DR. WM. B. Gibson.—Died, at sea, in the neighborhood of Key West, on Saturday, 8 Nov, 1862, Dr. William Borrowe Gibson, Assistant Surgeon U.S.N. This announcement will bring sorrow to many hearts in our community, for Dr. Gibson had many friends among us. It was our privilege to watch his opening career in Boston, as a medical student, and as surgical house-pupil in the Massachusetts General Hospital, during the last year of his studies ; and we can truly say that few young men of greater promise have left us for the service of the country. During his pupilage he was distinguished for his indefatigable industry, and while in the service of the hospital he endeared himself by his peculiarly gentle and amiable manners to all with whom he came in contact. He was most conscientious in performing his laborious duties to the letter, and the patients under his charge always felt they could look to him as a friend. We well remember the universal sadness of the surgical wards on the day when he bade their inmates adieu.
The most prominent traits of Dr. Gibson′s character may be said to have been, unfailing amiability of disposition, great amenity of manners, promptness and untiring industry in the performance of every duty, and almost child-like ingenuousness. He had naturally a good deal of mechanical faculty, which promised to be of very efficient service to him in the practice of his profession. lie was always cheerful : and his pleasant voice and sympathetic way made his visits to the sufferers in the hospital the glad rather than the dreaded moments of the day. On leaving the hospital, Dr. Gibson obtained a commission as Assistant Surgeon in the Navy, passing his preliminary examination with great credit. We have heard of him from time to time since, arid always with strong expressions of commendation and regard. We have received the following particulars of the concluding chapter of his history from a friend who was near him during his last hours :—
"During the Vicksburg fight, last spring, Dr. Gibson was attacked with the fever then quite prevalent. With careful treatment he recovered his health so far as to enable him to attend to his duties. A little more than a month ago I met him at Pensacola; he was then tolerably well, but weak. The latter part of last month he went upon an expedition up Black River, near Pensacola, and was there exposed to certain miasmas which caused a relapse of the fever. By the recommendation of a medical board of survey, he was sent on board the U. S. Steamer Connecticut for transportation home. In about twenty-four hours out from Pensacola, he became delirious, and remained in that condition during his life. On the fourth day out, Saturday, Nov. 8th, at a quarter before 2, P.M., he died, and as there were no means of preserving his body, so was buried in the Naval Burying Ground at Key West. Hе had every attention which it is possible for a sick man to have on board a ship. Dr. Gibson was very much beloved by all with whom he had any dealings ; he had letters of recommendation from the Fleet Surgeon, and also from the Surgeon of the ship. The Admiral (Farragut) gave him a very fine letter, hoping his health would be restored and allow him to return. Dr. G. was connected with Admiral Farragut′s flag-ship Hartford."
ASST. SURGEON U. S. N. 24 JAN., 1862. Naval Hosp., Chelsea, Mass.; U. S. S. Hartford, W. Gulf Squad.; Mississippi River; bombardment Vicksburg, Miss.; sent to North on sick leave. DIED ON U. S. S. CONNECTICUT, NEAR PENSACOLA, FLA., 8 Nov., 1862.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY IN THE WAR OF 1861 - 1865. A Record of Services Rendered in the Army and Navy of the United States by the Graduates and Students of Harvard College and the Professional Schools. Brown, Francis H.
Dr Gibson is represented in Harvard Memorial Hall as a Graduate of Harvard Medical School who died in the service of his country in the Civil War. Plaque 26 MEDICAL SCHOOL
1862. William Borrowe Gibson. 8 November, 1862.
Dimensions: weight 5.2 ozs Troy, height 5 ¼", diameter 3 3/8"
Maker: Unmarked, from a good Massachusetts maker, c.1840. This cup is a real piece of American Civil War History.
Item ID: r513
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