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Gadsden in Etowah County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.)

1860-1935

 
 
William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
1. William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.) Marker
Inscription. This is the site of the family home of Gadsden native General William Luther Sibert who played a major role in the construction of the Panama Canal. While serving in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was appointed chief engineer for the Atlantic Division of the Panama Canal. He designed and built the Atlantic locks, and constructed Gatun Dam, then the largest earthen dam in the world, to create Gatun Lake, the central operating feature of the Canal.

During World War I General Sibert served as commander of the 1st Division of the U.S. Army. Later he became the first chief of the Chemical Warfare Service.

In 1919 the French government named him Commander in the Legion of Honor. The U.S. awarded him the Distinguished Service Medal.

Following his retirement from the army in 1920, General Sibert returned to Alabama where he designed, constructed, and administered the Alabama State Docks at Mobile. He died in 1935. In 1942 a new military installation in Etowah County was named Camp Sibert to honor his memory.

General Sibert is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Erected 2001 by Etowah County Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 0.981′ N, 86° 0.856′ W. Marker is in Gadsden
William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
2. William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.) Marker
, Alabama, in Etowah County. Marker is on Forrest Avenue east of North 10 Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 930 Forrest Avenue, Gadsden AL 35901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Etowah County, Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Hood House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gunn-Bellenger House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Congregation Beth Israel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eleventh Street School (approx. mile away); The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gadsden Times-News Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gadsden, Alabama (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gadsden.
 
Also see . . .
1. William Luther Sibert - Arlington National Cemetery. (Submitted on December 23, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. MG William L. Sibert - Chemical Corps website. (Submitted on December 23, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, December 18, 2010
3. William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.) Marker
Inside view of the Atlantic Locks (Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal) image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, circa 1991
4. Inside view of the Atlantic Locks (Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal)
The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, circa 1992
5. The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal
The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, circa 1992
6. The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal
Lake Gatun's Dam Spillway and Power Plant, Panama Canal, Panama. image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, circa 1991
7. Lake Gatun's Dam Spillway and Power Plant, Panama Canal, Panama.
Lake Gatun's Dam and Spillway. Panama Canal, Panama image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, circa 1992
8. Lake Gatun's Dam and Spillway. Panama Canal, Panama
Aerial View of Lake Gatun of the Panama Canal. image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, circa 1992
9. Aerial View of Lake Gatun of the Panama Canal.
The Alabama State Docks. Mobile, Alabama. image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, circa 2002
10. The Alabama State Docks. Mobile, Alabama.
The Alabama State Docks Along The Mobile River. Mobile, Alabama. image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, circa 2002
11. The Alabama State Docks Along The Mobile River. Mobile, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,098 times since then and 84 times this year. Last updated on December 23, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on December 19, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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