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BABCOCK, Charles A., naval officer, born in New York City, 12 June 1833; died in New Orleans, 29 June 1876. He was appointed from Michigan, as a midshipman, 8 April 1850, became passed midshipman in 1856, lieutenant in 1859, lieutenant-commander in 1862, and commander in 1869. From 1862 to 1.864 he commanded the steamer " Morse," of the North Atlantic blockading squadron. While co-operating with the army on the James, York, and Pamunkey rivers, he defeated the confederates in several actions, and was highly commended by Rear-Admiral Lee, who in 1864, when commanding the Mississippi squadron, selected Babcock as his fleet-captain. In June 1865, he superintended the erection of an ordnance depot at Jefferson barracks, Missouri. He was afterward attached to the Pensacola navy yard, and in 1868-'9 commanded the steamer " Nyack," of the South Pacific squadron.
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