William J. Babcock
|William J. Babcock|
April 8, 1841|
|Died||October 29, 1897(aged 56)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch|| United States Army
|Unit||2nd Rhode Island Infantry|
|Battles/wars||Third Battle of Petersburg|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Babcock served in the Union Army during the American Civil War in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry and was promoted to the rank of Color Sergeant. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Third Battle of Petersburg in an assault on Confederate defenses on April 2, 1865. Babcock was the first to enter the Confederate lines and planted the colors on top of the Confederate works. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on March 2, 1895, almost 30 years after his actions.
After the war, he married Phebe Babcock (1845-1900) by whom he had five sons and two daughters. 
Medal of Honor citation
Planted the flag upon the parapet while the enemy still occupied the line; was the first of his regiment to enter the works.