John B. Babcock
February 7, 1847|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Died||April 26, 1909
onboard the SS Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1862 - 1865, 1867 - 1909|
|Unit||5th Cavalry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
Life and military career
Babcock was born in New Orleans, a great-great-grandson of Joshua Babcock. He joined the 37th New York Volunteer Infantry as a sergeant in 1862. After being commissioned a second lieutenant, he fought in several battles that took place in Louisiana, and reached the rank of major of volunteers in the 62nd New York Volunteer Infantry by the end of the war.
Babcock was appointed to the regular army as second lieutenant in 1867, fighting against the Kiowa and the Cheyenne during the Indian Wars. He finished his career with the rank of brigadier general, and died from Bright's disease on board the SS Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm, while traveling from Bremen to New York City.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 5th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Spring Creek, Nebr., May 16, 1869. Entered service at: Stonington, Conn. Birth: New Orleans, La. Date of issue: September 18, 1897.
While serving with a scouting column, this officer's troop was attacked by a vastly superior force of Indians. Advancing to high ground, he dismounted his men, remaining mounted himself to encourage them, and there fought the Indians until relieved, his horse being wounded.
- Civil War officers
- Orbituary at New York Times
- "United States Army Center of Military History Medal of Honor citations archive". American Medal of Honor recipients for the Indian Wars. United States Army Center of Military History. December 3, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2012.