He was born in 1825/26 (8 (35 in 1861), 13 [52 (?) in 1880], 15 [30 in 1860], 16 [44 in 1870], 21 [70 in 1895], 26 [70 in 1895]). He was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (13, 15, 16, 22, 26).
In 1860, he was living in the 13th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15). He was an upholsterer, and owned $2000 in personal property (15; see 22). He was living with his wife Anna, three children (presumably theirs), and two other Gilbert's (15).
When he enlisted, he was living in Philadelphia (8).
He enlisted and was mustered into service as captain of company A on 30 September 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 6, 7, 8, 10 [20 Dec 1861], 20, 22, 25, 28, 29).
He had Thomas Walter write on behalf of a soldier being held in prison for shooting a prisoner at the Old Capitol Prison (2). Rose Greenhow called him '[t]he most brutal of the officers with whom [she] was brought in contact' while she was a prisoner at the Old Capitol Prison (5). She also complained about his drilling Negroes who were being held there (5).
He let Walter and another soldier off easily when they took an unauthorized leave to visit Mount Vernon (2).
On 29 June 1862, he, along with the other commissioned officers in the regiment (except Colonel Gregory), signed a statement denying accusations that they were on the verge of open mutiny, that the regiment had been reduced to 400 men, and that Colonel Gregory was too lenient to Confederates and too harsh to men in the regiment (18).
On 20 August 1862, he testified at the court martial of E Carroll Brewster (14). He testified that he had served as Officer of the Day with Brewster serving as Officer of the Guard under him several times, and that several times Brewster had not at the Guard House when he came, and had not told the Sergeant of the Guard where he was (14). Once he claimed to have been visiting the guard, as he was supposed to do several times during the day (14). He also testified that Brewster's reputation for sobriety was "[b]ad" (14).
According to an obituary, he served "the staffs of Generals Fitz John Porter, Hooker, Butterfield and Meade" (22).
He was an original member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (17, 22, 27). He had insignia number 4 (27). However, in 1882, he was dropped because he had not paid the amount he owed (27).
In 1867, he travelled to Europe (22).
In 1870, he was living in the 6th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16). He was a physician, and owned $2000 in personal property (16). He was living with his wife Anna, and four children (presumably theirs): Franklin, Elizabeth, Walter, Emma, and Mary (16).
On 7 April 1875, he applied unsuccessfully for a pension (9, 12).
In 1880, he was living at 1713 Elcouth [?] Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was a doctor (13). He was living with his wife, Ann B Gilbert, and four children: Elizabeth, Emma, Mary, and Walter (13).
In 1890, his office was at 2420 Nicholas Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10, 11). He was a physician (11). Walter Gilbert was also living there (11).
He died on 4 November 1895, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of a disease he contracted during the Civil War (9, 21, 22) or of diabetes mellitus (26). He was then a physician (26). The funeral was held on Thursday at 1831 Ridgway Terrace, 32nd ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his son's residence (21, 22, 26). He was buried at Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (26).
On 15 November 1895, his widow, Ann B Gilbert, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (9, 12).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Frank B Gilbert)
2 Thomas F Walter. 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier'. Grand Army Scout and Soldier's Mail volume 3 number 35 page 2.
3 Thomas F Walter. 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier'. Grand Army Scout and Soldier's Mail volume 3 number 38 page 2.
4 Official Army Register. (Franklin B Gilbert)
5 Rose Greenhow. My imprisonment and the first year of abolition rule at Washington. London: Richard Bentley, 1863. Pages 223 and 256-257.
7 register of commissioned officers, company A (FB Gilbert)
8 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (Frank B Gilbert)
9 pension index, by regiment (Franklin B. Gilbert)
10 1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district , enumeration district , page  (image 2243 on Ancestry) (Benj F Gilbert)
11 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Franklin B Gilbert)
12 pension index, by name (Franklin B Gilbert)
13 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 410, microfilm series T9, film 1180, page 369 = 26B handwritten (Franklin B Gilbert)
14 court-martial record, E Carroll Brewster (F B Gilbert)
15 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, microfilm series M653, film1163, page 653 = 233 handwritten (Frank Gilbert)
16 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 6th ward, 17th district, microfilm series M593, film 1391, page 218 = 240 handwritten (Franklin Gilbert)
17 "Original Companions of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States" (Franklin B Gilbert)
18 'Ninety-first Pennsylvania Regiment'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 July 1862, page 2 (F B Gilbert)
19 'The Home Guard organization', Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 June 1861, page 2 (F B Gilbert)
20 'Camp Chase at Gray's Ferry' Philadelphia Inquirer 19 October 1861 page 8 (F B Gilbert)
21 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 November 1895, page 9 (F B Gilbert)
22 'Dr. F. B. Gilbert's Funeral'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 November 1895, page 5 (Franklin Bechtel Gilbert)
23 'Camp Chase', Philadelphia Inquirer 30 November 1861 (F C Gilbert)
24 'Departure of Col. Gregory's regiment', Philadelphia Inquirer 22 January 1862 page 2 (F C Gilbert)
25 'Local intelligence', Philadelphia Inquirer 19 September 1862 page 8 (B Gilbert)
26 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1895, number 9399 (Dr F B Gilbert)
27 Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Register of the Commandery of the State of Pennsylvania. From April 15, 1865, to July 1, 1882. Philadelphia: 1882. (Franklin B Gilbert)
28 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Franklin B Gilbet)
29 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Franklin B Gilbert)
|Name||Frank B Gilbert||Anna "||Franklin "||Elizabeth "||Walter "||Caroline "||Mathias "|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate||2000|
|Place of birth||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Gilbert Franklin||- Anna||- Franklin||- Elizibeth||- Walter||- Emma||- Mary||Hirst Fannie|
|Occupation||Physician||Keeps House||Book Keeper for Manuf||Attends School||Attends School||Attends School|
|Real estate value||(700 yr [??])|
|Personal estate value||2000|
|Father foreign born||1|
|Mother foreign born||1|
|Birth month if born within year|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year||1||1||1|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old||1|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|street name||East Side Elcouth [??] St|
|dwelling visit #||167|
|family visit #||188 [?]|
|name||Gilbert Franklin B||- Ann B||- Elizabeth||- Emma B||- Mary A||- Walter|
|age||52 [?]||51||23||19||11 [?]||20 [?]|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Doctor||Keeping house||Dress making||At home||At school||Clerk|
|school this year||1|
|birthplace||Penna||Ocean [?] Wales||Penna||"||"||"|
GILBERT.--On the 4th inst., Dr. F. B. Gilbert, aged 70 years. The relatives and friends of the family, also survivors Ninety-first Regiment P.V., and members of Military Order Loyal Legion, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services, on Thursday, at 2 o'clock, precisely, at his son's residence, 1831 Ridgway terrace.
Dr. Franklin Bechtel Gilbert, who died on Monday of disease contracted in the late war, will be buried this afternoon from the residence of his son, 1831 Ridgway terrace. He was born in Montgomery county, came to Philadelphia and engaged in the upholstery trade, and at the outbreak of the war he organized company A, of the Ninety-first Pennsylvania Volunteers. He saw service on the staffs of Generals Fitz John Porter, Hooker, Butterfield and Meade. He went on a trip to Europe in 1867, and later took up the study of medicine. He was one of the organizers of the Loyal Legion.[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1895, number 9399, Dr F B Gilbert]