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Indian Campaigns - U.S. Army

John Breckinridge Babcock

  • Also Known As: Breckenridge, John
  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Brigadier General U.S. Vols.)
  • Conflict/Era: Indian Campaigns
  • Unit/Command:
    5th U.S. Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 16, 1869
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Spring Creek, Nebraska, USA
While serving with a scouting column, this officer's troop was attacked by a vastly superior force of Indians. Advancing to high ground, he dismounted his men, remaining mounted himself to encourage them, and there fought the Indians until relieved, his horse being wounded.
Medal of Honor Recipient John B. Babcock
Medal of Honor Recipient John B. Babcock
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Stonington, New London County, Connecticut
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 18, 1897
  • Born: February 7, 1847, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA, United States
  • Died: April 26, 1909, Stonington, CT, United States
  • Buried: Evergreen Cemetery (MH) (924) , Stonington, CT, United States

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