SGT Emerson D. Babcock (abt. 1837 - 1899) Conn. Vols. Company A 12th Regiment, Captured at “Battle of Pattersonville”

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Sgt. Emerson D. Babcock was born about 1837 in Huntington, Massachusetts. The son of Fitch Raymond Babcock and Harriett (Clark) Babcock. We need help adding Civil War sources and records. A civil war sticker once we have his civil war records (I added sticker but it needs updating). Per his engraving on his gravestone he is a civil war veteran serving with the Conn Vols Company A 12th Regiment; also noted by Wethersfield burying ground map. We have some info for him and his obituary. He was captured in March of 1863 at the Battle of Pattersonville. He died New Year’s Day by “accidental poisoning” January 1, 1899 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut and is buried in historic Wethersfield Village Cemetery.

I have added him to the Babcock Name Study

FAG Link: Sgt Emerson D. Babcock

I added gravestone photos I took see his profile for details

Need Help Updating His CIVIL WAR Service Sticker and Biography With Available Info

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WikiTree profile: Emerson Babcock
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Do we know his race? I think the 12th CT was a segregated white regiment IIRC. Still! I ask because: I see Babcock and immediately think of the famous Madame Carteaux! :) She commuted between Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island, managing her hair salons and on-the-sly abolitionist gatherings before the Civil War. If they're of any relation, she's always worth mentioning. It's a delight to run into her ads in William Lloyd Garrison's Liberator. Unfortunately, she's in ton of history books, usually as "a colored woman" or "a wealthy business woman," etc. Oh, history! Always gleeful to mention her (by name!) when the Babcock surname comes up. Nice work on Sergeant Babcock!

Awesome! Yes, I believe is Caucasian as we have his bio description. See below. Her profile is very interesting it ties into the whole era and the civil war. Is she a notable? I would love to see her more connected as her father mother and further back. Amazing! Love it! Thank you I would recommend adding to the Babcock one name study page

Yes she’s a notable just found her on Wikipedia

I updated her profile adding the notable sticker {{Notables Sticker|African-American Notables}} and Wikipedia link; also added her to the notables section of the Babcock one name study! She is very interesting!!

Addendum: her father is possibly James Babcock we should be able to build this part of her tree to connect her into the Babcock tree. Is she part Caucasian? Or both her parents African and Native American. I see Wikipedia didn’t elaborate as info is limited. It appears to me looking at it she was born to parents enslaved very possible on a plantation in Rhode Island belonging to the Babcock name. She has a beautiful portrait of her! Does she have a photo of her gravestone? I don’t see any posted on her FAG Link? also does she have an obituary?

I read just yesterday that the 12th Connecticut volunteers played a leading role in employing the skills of "contraband" meaning enslaved persons who had gotten away from their enslavers and offered their labor to help the Union cause. I think they were called "contraband" because their former "owners" claimed property rights on those people and it seems the rules of war said one side could capture the other's material resources.

The key person in organizing this effort of the 12th Volunteers to employ such "contraband"  was abolitionist Aide de Camp George H. Hanks...and it sounds like he began by organizing six colonies of ex-slaves at Camp Parapet which I think was near New Orleans...

You think correctly! While it might seem super problematic on the surface to call people contraband, it was to ensure they could not be returned to the people who formerly enslaved them.

There is a fantastic book published this year called Gullah Days that touches on the subject, especially concerning the formation of the 1st South Carolina which went sideways when the white commissioned officer forming the regiment got impatient and forced a draft on those who had recently be freed. I can't imagine how disheartening that was! Highly recommended reading (according to me, anyway); really great narrative non-fiction history from the Civil War era up through recent history.

It looks like a very good book!
Andrew, definitely good luck trying to connect Christiana! I know I've tried. It's hard, and it's a great way to get some perspective on what it means when Black Americans mention history erasure and how many different things that means - it's not just that she wasn't named in the history books, it's not just that the 54th or Black Underground Railroad operators are rarely mentioned in American history books, and it's not even just that we hit walls of difficult-to-find or non-existent information when we're able on rare occasions to trace a Black American family back to either their voluntary arrival (i.e. not kidnapped by slave traders) or the first family members to either self-emancipate, be emancipated or manumitted.

So often, the public record stops at a list of aged Black and Brown people without names in the 1850 and 1860 slave schedules in the South or the first free person in the North or South. As a white person, it's emotional labor for me to dig through slave sales hoping for names, and it's likely tenfold for any Black genealogist. I do get upset - there's so much to get angry about! - but I try to remember that the emotional labor for me is nothing by comparison.

Thank you for your interest and keep up the great work with the 12th CT!

p.s. And thank you SO MUCH for adding her to the Notables on the Babcock name study. heart May we all one day know her name and know who she is even when she shows up in history books unnamed.

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I think you will like this and maybe you have heard of him. It’s Wethersfield Connecticut History of African Americans. I know of 3 African American individuals with slave history buried in Wethersfield village cemetery with amazing stories such as that of Quash Gomer

I have photographed his grave

Also here from historical society burying ground map

If you like History then Connecticut is full of it! I’ve sat in the same pew as General George Washington at the first Congregational church aka First Church of Christ (First Meeting Place has memorial plaques) where he met French general during the war. Amazing area! See here,_Wethersfield?wprov=sfti1


There were quite a few 54th soldiers from New Haven, Connecticut, and one of the only white regiments to really throw down for the 54th publicly was from Connecticut. So I'm already super biased towards Connecticut! :) Thank you for sharing these stories. WikiTree really is great.

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Found out he for sure stayed in the army after the officlal end of the war and some other stuff!

Wikipedia gives good details of service for the Conn. 12th Volunteers who were all over the map! . Right after the south surrendered  they "Moved to Washington, D.C., April 21, and duty there until June. Grand Review of the Armies May 23–24. Moved to Savannah, Georgia, June 1–5 and duty there until August.  " 

the waybackmachine (older weblinks that no longer work)  has a thorough summary of their service. It says the 12th Conn Volunteers:

June 1-5 Moved to Savannah, Ga., and assigned to District of Savannah, Dept. of the South

Then Emerson D Babcock re-enlists in November 1865 according to this fabulous record:

I say fabulous because it lists his place of birth as Huntington, Mass. and tells us he had blue eyes, brown hair, was light complected, and was 5 feet 6.5 inches tall. 

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That’s amazing!!! Is the age listed 27? They were all over! I added sources you cited as their excellent!

p.s. Amazing what the computer comes up with! Now I see the NPS lists him three times: Conn 12th, Conn 1st, and Union Regular Army, 3rd regiment, artillary. No dates though.

I see that also and am sure that’s him in all 3 lol

I wonder if he was married ?
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I found a muster date OF NOVEMBER 20, 1861 AT HARTFORD with a note added saying he reenlisted Jan. 1 1864 as a Veteran.

"Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations, with Additional ..."p.438 by Horace J. Morse who appears from teh title pages to be a Ma. state official charged by the legislature to publish the record. LINKED HERE: 


So I'd guess this guy was in for the long long haul and mustered out AFTER the official end of the war as there was some critical military work needed after the official end. Wonder what he was doing at that later point? 

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Awesome! We have a muster date! He Re-enlisted must of been a good reason as most who had families wouldn’t want to go back in or you would think.

Thank you

FYI: the 12th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry was Organized one day before he mustered in on November 19th - December 3rd 1861

Well, well!

 I found an even earlier muster date of April 20, 1861 with an honorable discharge on July 31st 1861....but the trick is his name is spelled "Em'son D. Babcock" as can be seen on page 4 when you are done Laughing out loud and Falling out of your chair over anyone being called "Em'son"

This guy was definitely a serial re-enlister.
Night watchman at the prison!!! Wethersfield prison is very historic not to mention haunted lol

Earlier muster date!!! Geez well he has an obituary but I can’t view it with no paid subscription. However I wonder if he was a suicide?

Reenlister for sure!!!

His brother Pvt. Elihu L. Babcock

Also served in a civil war Company A, 1st Regiment, Connecticut Heavy Artillary 

Amazing did all the brothers serve in the war? At least two so far!

I’m adding more to Elihu’s profile 

I found in 

"Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations, with Additional ..."

that the three brothers Emerson, Holland and Elihu all served the Union's Connecticut forces,  and all survived the war. I was looking close to see if their dad, Fitch,  served; he did not as far as I can tell, but that was how I found the stray Em'son!

Yesterday I saw that at least one of the brothers had a pension file, maybe it was Emerson, but sadly it is tied up with a paid service unless you can get to a physical location with the microfilms...not presently a good idea, eh? 

p.s. It did seem from the 1860 US Census that father Fitch may have remarried to Margaret of Ireland, though this is not exactly spelled out, but she seems to be a Babcock. In that Census he is with little sister Harriet and Margaret of England. 

Obituary added with a lot of info. All 3 brothers served in the Civil War!! Wow

I wonder if their is a photo of him?

Yup travel plans on back burner these days

Note of Thanks to Bill for his help
Thanks to Bill for sharing. That obit was a real surprise. So so sad.

This particular Babcock caught my attention as not only is my civil war grandpa John C. Gibbs mother a Babcock but his brothers also served; so some similarities. His brother James died from poisoning while doing farm work the babcocks are all related as cousins very interesting even the area Emerson wife is from a lot of connections with him. Very sad the man was under a lot taking care of sick wife and working. I don’t know why no help from church members if he was a church goer or family. His family seemed scattered around. New Jersey and Massachusetts. He even was in Omaha with a saloon business. I don’t see any record of children. 

A side note: He died New Year’s Day 1899 also same day he re-enlisted maybe just a coincidence. 

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