Three quarter portrait of Federal Sergeant. Note on the back reads: "Orestes Babcock enlisted July 4th 1862 and was bought home August 4 1863 dead." Image by Bogardus of New York. Orestes C. Babcock was a sergeant in Company B in the Tenth New York Heavy Artillery. Babcock's Company B originally was in the Black River Artillery until the end of 1862, when at that point it merged into the Tenth New York Heavy Artillery. Before this soldier died, his unit served in the defenses of Washington D. C. and also at Sandy Hook, New York. This unit only saw battle after it was sent out of Washington in 1864 but this soldier had already died in 1863. Babcock was likely one of the 218 enlisted men of his unit to have died from disease during the war.
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