William J. Babcock

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William J. Babcock
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Born (1841-04-08)April 8, 1841
Griswold, Connecticut
Died October 29, 1897(1897-10-29) (aged 56)
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch USArmy flag.jpg United States Army
Union Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 2nd Rhode Island Infantry
Battles/wars Third Battle of Petersburg
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

William J. Babcock (April 8, 1841 - October 29, 1897) was an American soldier who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the American Civil War.


Babcock was born in Griswold, Connecticut the son of Gideon Babcock (1801-1877) and Caroline D. (Carter) Babcock (1803-1883). He had five brothers and two sisters. [1]

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. [2]

Sergeant Babcock died in 1897 and is buried with his wife in the Riverside Cemetery in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. [3]

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Planted the flag upon the parapet while the enemy still occupied the line; was the first of his regiment to enter the works.[4]

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