Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday – Merit BABCOCK (13 September 1838-24 April 1863)

In the Register of Enlistments, United States Army, it states my Great Great Granduncle Merit Babcock enlisted on 20 December 1862, soon after one of his older brothers, Orange Babcock. It further added that he had hazel eyes, black hair, ruddy complexion, and was 5’7” tall. He died at Murfreesboro, Tennessee of typhoid fever on 24 April 1863.  He served as a private in Independent Infantry Company C, Pennsylvania Volunteers (The Warren Rifles).

National Cemetery in Murfreesboro. Tennessee
On a trip to Tennessee and Alabama this past summer I was able to visit his gravesite in the National Cemetery. Note that his first name on the gravestone is misspelled. All Army records list him correctly as "Merit," while his marker says "Merritt."
Posted by Ron Setzer

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