Silas B Babcock

Silas B Babcock

Vermont, USA
Death 1 Jun 1908 (aged 74)
Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA
Burial Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA
Plot Block 47/Lot 19/Sec N.S
Memorial ID 92748655 · View Source
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Silas B Babcock, Landsman, US Navy, Civil War

Pension Records show service on board USS Princeton and USS New Ironsides

U.S. Navy Pensions Index, 1861-1910about Silas B Babcock
Name: Silas B Babcock
Publication: M1279
Pension Approval: Approved
File Number: 9193
Certification Number: 19787
Fiche Number: 18249

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profilesabout Silas B Babcock
Name: Silas B Babcock
Enlistment Date: 8 Mar 1864
Rank at enlistment: Landsman
State Served: UN
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in the UN Navy on 03 Aug 1864.
Mustered out on 21 May 1865 at Philadelphia, PA.
Sources: Register of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War 1861-65

USS New Ironsides, a 4120-ton broadside ironclad, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The last, and largest, of the initial group of three "salt-water" armored warships begun in 1861 in response to meet the needs of the Civil War, she was commissioned in August 1862. Following a lengthy fitting-out period, she joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in January 1863. For the next year, she operated in support of the blockade of Charleston, South Carolina, and took part in several attacks on the Confederate fortifications defending that city. New Ironsides's heavy broadside battery of eight heavy guns on each side, coupled with her iron protection, made her a uniquely valuable ship for bombardment purposes.

The first of these actions took place on 7 April 1863, when nine Federal ironclads entered Charleston harbor and conducted a prolonged, though inclusive, bombardment of Fort Sumter. New Ironsides was repeatedly hit by enemy cannon fire, but was not seriously damaged, unlike several of her consorts. During the summer of 1863, the ship battered Confederate positions during the successful campaign to take Fort Wagner. During this effort, on 21 August, New Ironsides was the target of a torpedo boat attack attack. Another such attack, by CSS David during the night of 5 October 1863, damaged the ironclad, but she was able to remain on station until May 1864, when she went to Philadelphia for repairs and a general overhaul.

Upon completion of this work in late August, New Ironsides recommissioned to join the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. In December she participated in a major assault on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in an effort to stop blockade running into the port of Wilmington. Though this attack was called off on Christmas Day, after an extensive bombardment, the Federal fleet returned to renew the operation in mid-January 1865. New Ironsides was one of dozens of warships that vigorously shelled Fort Fisher, preparing the way for a ground assault that captured the position on 15 January. For the next few months, New Ironsides supported Union activities in the Hampton Roads area. She decommissioned in April 1865 and was laid up at Philadelphia. There, on 16 December 1866, USS New Ironsides was accidently destroyed by fire.

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