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BABBITT, Edwin B., soldier, born in Connecticut about 1802; died at Fortress Monroe, 10 December 1881. He was appointed to West Point from Indiana, and was graduated in 1826. He became first lieutenant, 3d infantry, 31 March 1834, assistant quartermaster, 10 March 1836, and cap-rain, 3d infantry, 1 July 1839. He served in the Florida war of 1837-'8, and in the Mexican war during 1847-'8. On 30 May 1848, he was brevetted major "for meritorious conduct while serving in the enemy's country." He was made chief quartermaster of the department of Oregon 14 November 1860, and of the department of the Pacific 13 September 1861, serving there until 29 July 1866, when he was retired from active service, being over sixty-two years o1d. He was brevetted Brigadier-General for his services on 13 March 1865. General Babbitt, notwithstanding his retirement, served as chief quartermaster of the department of the Columbia from 1866 till 1867, and had charge of the clothing depot of the division of the Pacific from 1867 till 1869.
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