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Babbitt, Elbridge Harris


Age: 0, credited to Randolph, VT
Unit(s): 1st NC INF, 17th US INF
Service: 17th US INF, wdd, Gettysburg, 7/2/63, in hosp., Philadelphia; com 1LT, 1st NC INF (Union), served w/brother (Surg.) Robert A. Babbit [College: NU 64]

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Birth: 01/23/1844, Bethel, VT
Death: 01/24/1920

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Marker/Plot: 03/4573
Gravestone photographer: Courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery
Findagrave Memorial #: 57195960


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/4/1879; widow Mary El, 1/27/1920
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: NU 64
Veterans Home?: KS, TN, VA
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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ELBRIDGE H. BABBITT, a son of S.A. Babbitt, of West Randolph, while at school at Norwich University, enlisted June 7,1862, in the U.S. 17th Infantry, as Sergeant, with headquarters at Portland Fort Preble, Me.

He soon went with his regiment to the Army of the Potomac, Harrison's Landing, Va., was at the Battle of Fredericksburg, and in the skirmishes of that campaign; was seriously wounded at Gettysburg, July 2,2863, sent to the hospital at Philadelphia.

March 5,1864, he was transferred to the N.C. U(nion) Vols., as 2d Lieut, thereby joining a brother, the surgeon of the regiment, whose memoirs has been furnished for publication in this volume.

He was, most of the time, acting adjutant general until mustering out of the regiment, June 27, 1865, at the close of the war. He is now residing in the West.

Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1871, 2:994

Submitted By: Deanna French.


Robert Augustus Babbitt (Simeon-Simeon-Simeon-Nathaniel-Edward-Edward). Robert A. Babbitt was born Jan. 21, 1842. He graduated from the Albany Medical College in 1860, at the age of eighteen. In 1861 he joined the 8th Connecticut Regiment of Volunteers as private and was appointed Hospital Steward. In 1862 he was appointed Superintendent of the Hammond General Hospital in Beaufort, N. C. In 1863 he was promoted Surgeon on the First North Carolina Union Volunteers, having headquarters in Washington. In 1864 he received the appointment of Post Surgeon at Beaufort where his labors were too excessive. His health gave way and he contracted yellow fever from which he died Oct. 17, 1864. The Vermont State Journal speaks appreciatingly of his life:-- "Though young in years, he proved himself eminently successful and efficient in his profession, and a faithful and devoted soldier of his country."

Elbridge Harris Babbitt (Simeon-Simeon-Simeon-Nathaniel-Edward-Edward). Born Jan. 23, 1844.
He attended the Military School, Norwich University, Vt., and while there he enlisted June 7, 1862, in the 17th U. S. Infantry as sergeant with headquarters in Portland, Me. He soon went with his regiment to the Army of the Potomac at Harrison's Landing, Va. He was in the battle of Fredericksburg and was seriously wounded at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, and was sent to a hospital in Philadelphia. In March 1864, he joined his brother Robert in the North Carolina Union Vols. as Second Lieutenant. He was most of the time acting Adjutant and Assistant Adjutant General in the Department of North Carolina until the close of the war.
Married in Jamestown, N. Y., June 2, 1867, Izora Estalla Reese of Warren, Pa. She died Feb. 24, 1881.

Emily McKinstry, Aug. 23, 1869. She married Arthur B. Smith of Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 12, 1892
Robert Augustus, Dec. 8, 1870. Married June 18, 1900, Mary Armstrong of Washington, D.C.
Izora Estelle, Feb. 26, 1873. Married Charles S. Gunn of Tolono, Ill., July 25, 1898.
Elizabeth Anne, Sept. 16, 1877. Married Lesley McWhorter of Washington, D.C., Jan. 1, 1899.
Lydia May, Dec. 4, 1879. Married Harry G. Tolson of Washington, D. C., June 23, 1903.

On Oct. 9, 1883, Mr. Babbitt was married to Miss Mary Elizabeth Boyce of Washington, Pa. They were married by the Rev. Dr. Leake in Allegheny City, Pa.
The family removed to Washington, D.C., in Sept., 1892, where Mr. Babbitt was employed for several years in the War Department.
At the beginning of the Spanish American War, he entered the service and was connected with the Quarter-masters' Department until the close of the war. After a residence of one year at Porto Rico, to which point he had been assigned for duty, he returned to Washington. He is still active and energetic and looks forward to many years of usefulness.

Source: Browne, William Bradford, comp. "The Babbitt Family History 1643-1900," Taunton, MA: C. A. Hack & son, 1912

Note: On June 23, 1862, he was recruiting for the 17th Infantry in Randolph, Vermont (Murphy diary)