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 [decorative delimiter] Class of June 24, 1861

Vol. II

(Born Mas.)

Lawrence S. Babbitt​1

(Ap'd Pa.)


Lawrence Sprague Babbitt: Born Feb. 18, 1839, Boston, MA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1857, to June 24, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 24, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., June‑July, 1861; in the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Action of Blackburn's  p823 Ford, July 18, 1861, — and Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; in the Defenses

(Bvt. First Lieut., July 21, 1861, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Bull Run, Va.)

of Washington, D. C., July to Oct., 1861; as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., Nov. 4‑6, 1861, — and at Allegheny

(Transferred to Ordnance Corps, Oct. 26, 1861)

Arsenal, Pa., Nov. 30, 1861, to Mar. 19, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, as Asst. Ordnance Officer (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to May, and Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — and in charge of Ordnance Depot from Yorktown to White House, May, 1862; on sick leave of absence, May 19 to Aug. 12, 1862; as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Washington Arsenal, D. C., Sep. 1, 1862, to Feb. 24, 1863, — and at Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., Mar. 3, 1863,

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Mar. 3, 1863)

to Jan., 1864; and in command of Louisville Ordnance Depot, Ky., Jan., 1864, to Aug. 31, 1864.

Bvt. Captain, Mar. 13, 1865, for Faithful and Meritorious Services in the Ordnance Department during the Rebellion.

Served: in command of Vancouver Arsenal, Wash., Nov. 17, 1865, to

(Captain, Ordnance, Dec. 22, 1866)

Apr. 15, 1871, — and of St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., May 5, 1871, to May 18, 1876; on leave of absence, June 17 to Sep. 14, 1875; as Asst. Ordnance Officer at Watertown Arsenal, N. Y.,​a May 25 to Dec. 22, 1876; and as Chief of Ordnance of Department of the Columbia, Jan. 17, 1877, to

(Major, Ordnance, May 10, 1878)

July 14, 1879, being engaged in several actions with Nez Percés and Piute Indians; in command of Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., Sep. 28, 1879, to Nov. 2, 1887; as Chief of Ordnance, Department of Texas, and in command of San Antonio Arsenal, Tex., Nov. 15, 1887 (on sick leave of absence, Jan. 16 to Apr. 15, 1889), to –––––.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. —

(Brevet Major, Feb. 27, 1890, for gallant services in action against Indians at the Clearwater, Ida., July 11 and 12, 1877)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance, Sept. 15, 1890)

Served: in command of San Antonio Arsenal, Tex., from Nov., 1887 to Oct., 1890. — Chief Ordnance Officer of the Department. — In command of the U. S. Arsenal, Benicia, Cal., from Oct. 27, 1890 to May 25, 1899. — Equipping the Philippine expedition to April, 1899. — In command  p131 of the powder magazine, near Dover, N. J., from April, 1899 to ––––

(Colonel, Ordnance, April 7, 1899)

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. —

(Colonel, Ordnance, April 7, 1899)

— Commanding U. S. Powder Depot, Dover N. J., (on leave Jan. 26 to April 2, 1900), to Aug. 1, 1902; on leave to March 1, 1902, on sick leave to Feb. 18, 1903.

(Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Feb. 18, 1903)

Died Oct. 15, 1903, at Dover, N. J.: Aged 64.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1904, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Bvt. Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Edwin B. Babbitt, U. S. Army.

Thayer's Note:

a Sic, a typographical error that slipped by the proofreader. There is a Watertown, NY near the Canadian border, but no arsenal that I know of. Cullum must have written either Watertown Arsenal, Mas. or Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y. Which of the two, I'm not expert enough to fix; if you know, please drop me a line, of course.

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