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Pvt Elmer Babcock

Pvt Elmer Babcock

Birth
Pharsalia, Chenango County, New York, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 20)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Plot Mass Grave Last Stand Hill
Memorial ID 16165446 · View Source
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Pvt Babcock was described as 5'6", brown eyes, dark hair & dark complexion. His civilian occupation was farmer.

On October 29, 1875 Babcock enlisted into the US Army at Ft Dotten in the Dakota Territory. He was assigned to Company L, 7th US Cavalry at Ft Lincoln in the Dakota Territory. Company L was commanded by Lt James Calhoun, brother-in-law of LTC George Armstrong Custer & Capt Tom Custer.

One of Babcock's daily duties at Ft Lincoln was packing ice into the post ice house. Between April 18, 1876 and May 4, 1876, Babcock was in the post hospital with influenza.

At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Company L was attached to LTC Custer's battalion. Sometime during the fighting Babcock was killed.

After the battle most of Company L was found on or near Calhoun Ridge & Calhoun Hill.

Babcock's body was not identified. It is likely that his unidentified remains were first buried where they had been found on the battlefield.

In 1881 all known battlefield burials were moved to a mass grave on Last Stand Hill.

On May 6, 1885, Babcock's mother was awarded a survivor's pension.


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  • Created by: Randy
  • Added: 13 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16165446
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Elmer Babcock (10 Jun 1856–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16165446, citing Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Randy (contributor 46846747) .