ORIGINAL 1922 COPY OF THE LETTERS OF GENERAL WILLOUGHBY BABCOCK 75TH NEW YORK – DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED AT THIRD WINCHESTER

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The full title of this volume is “SELECTIONS FROM THE LETTERS AND DIARIES OF BREVET-BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLOUGHBY BABCOCK OF THE SEVENTY-FIFTH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS: A STUDY OF CAMP LIFE IN THE UNION ARMIES DURING THE CIVIL WAR.” The volume was written by General Babcock’s grandson, Willoughby M. Babcock Jr. and published by the University of the State of New York.

Volume meas. approx. 5.75 x 9.00 inches and has covers of blue paper with the title in black on the front and spine. Covers have only minor wear and light color fading from age and storage. The book is in excellent condition for its age.

Interior has 110 pages is clean and the binding is excellent. There are several black and white photographs of scenes around Port Hudson as well as a nice photo at front of Babcock as a lieutenant with his non-commissioned officers.

Willoughby Babcock was born in Courtland County, New York in 1832. He was commissioned a 1st lieutenant in Company H, 3rd New York Infantry on May 14, 1861 and fought with them at Big Bethel. He resigned on November 2, 1861.

Babcock was next offered a commission as captain in the 64th New York but turned it down to accept a commission as major of the 75th New York. He was made lieutenant colonel of the 75th on July 21, 1862 and later received two brevet promotions, one to colonel on September 19, 1864 and then to brigadier general the same day. Babcock was with the 75th campaigning in Louisiana seeing a number of small actions and taking part in the siege of Port Hudson. As part of the 19th Corps the regiment was heavily engaged at Winchester on September 19, 1864. During the fighting Babcock was severely wounded in the left leg which had to be amputated. He died as a result of his wound on October 6, 1864. [ad] [ph:L]

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