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1864 January 29


W. Babcock responds to Ralph Goodrich's request for employment in the army by recommending he go into the engineers.


New Orleans, La., Jany. 29, 1864
R.L. Goodrich, Esq.
Little Rock, Ark.,
My Dear Sir:
I received your favor of Jany. 7th a few
days ago, and to-day your former letter has come to hand.
The former was delayed by reason of its having been direct-
ed to me as Major of the 76th N.Y. Vols. Whereas I write
myself Lieut. Col. 75th N.Y. Vols. The only mode which
occurs to me for me to aid you is the one I have adopt-
ed which has resulted in making the order which I
Enclose to you. Should you come, I would recommend
you to Endeavor to go into the Engineers. I Enclose
slip in relation to it. I think the Q.M. Dept. at
Little Rock will give you transportation to N.O. on
the order you have. You would be delayed in N.O. perhaps
two or three weeks before you could be commissioned
and assigned to duty. If you object to the color of the
Coprs d'Afrique, I will only assure you that we do not
sneer at it down here, & that many better men than you
or I have gone into it as officers in all grades.
In Haste, Your Friend,
W. Babcock

Physical Description

Letter, 8" x 10"


Civil War; Soldiers; Military officers


W. Babcock

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.); New Orleans, Orleans Parish, (La.)




MS.000069, Box 1, Folder 7, Item 67

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Goodrich family papers, MS.000069


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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Letter, W. Babcock to Ralph Goodrich, Goodrich family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, W. Babcock to Ralph Goodrich