Robert Irvine McKibbin was named after his paternal uncle. He was the son of Thomas McKibbin Jr. born in 1806 in Comber, Country, Down Northern Ireland. Robert, his younger brother William, and his sister Jane's husband served together in CO K of the 38th Ohio Volunteer Infantry of the Army of the Ohio. They were farm boys and they were tough. Robert Irvine was wounded at the battle of Atlanta, GA and he had to be led to Savannah on the famous march due to eye injuries.