Allen Babcock Papers, 1864-1910; bulk, 1864-1868

Quantity: 1 box (0.25 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift of Mrs. Arthur James, Williamstown, Mass., February 1966
Processed By: Fred Bassett, Senior Librarian, Manuscripts & Special Collections, February 1994; revised March 2011

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Biographical Note

Allen Babcock (February 5, 1840-February 18, 1910) was a Civil War soldier and businessman from the Massena, New York, area. In October 1861, he enlisted for three years’ service in the army and soon after mustered in as a private in Company H of the 92nd New York Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to sergeant October 1, 1862. He re-enlisted as a veteran in January 1864; in December 1864 he was transferred to Company G of the 96th New York Infantry. Promoted and commissioned a first lieutenant, September 29, 1865, he was mustered out of service February 6, 1866, at City Point, Virginia. Returning to Massena, he operated a grist mill among other endeavors.

Scope and Content Note

This series of manuscript diaries and papers relates to Allen Babcock's military service during the Civil War. The diaries detail his daily activities and experiences. He mentions frequently where he was stationed, the weather, and letters received from and sent to family. Other documents include his commission, his discharge certificate, a muster roll, quartermaster receipts, and his military pension certificate. Also included are a biographical sketch and a eulogy written by his son, Orville Babcock, in February 1910.

Box and Folder List

Box Folder Description
1 1 Diary, 1864 (1v. ca. 140 p.; 15 cm.)
1 2 Diary, 1865 (1v. ca. 140 p.; 16 cm.)
1 3 Diary, 1866 (1v. ca. 140 p.; 13 cm.)
1 4 New Testament of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (New York: American Bible Society, 1856)
1 5 Military service records, 1864-1868 (14 items)
1 6 Rebel Echoes, no. 3 (3 copies)
1 7 “Lieut. Allen Babcock: A Son’s Tribute of Affection.” Typeset copy of an article that originally was published in the Madrid Herald of February 24, 1910. It was written by Orville A. Babcock (4 p. 24 x 31 cm.)


Last Updated: September 3, 2019