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Visalia in Tulare County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Camp Babbitt

 
 
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By Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter No. 1855 E Clampus Vitus, January 5, 2007
1. Camp Babbitt Marker
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On October 6, 1862 Capt. Moses McLaughlin and Lt. Col. George S. Evans commanding 57 men of Company D, 2nd Cavalry, California Volunteers arrived in Visalia. They had come from Camp Independence, Owens Valley over the newly completed Coso Trail. On October 15, 1862 they moved to this site and began construction of Camp Babbitt, named for Col. E.B. Babbitt, Quartermaster General of the Dept. of the Pacific. On October 16, 1862 Capt. William Jones and Maj. John M. O'Neill arrived by way of Greenhorn with 6 wagons, 20 men of Company D and 67 men of Company I, thus began Camp Babbitt. This camp and others were ordered to be established from Washington Territory to the Mexican border to act as barriers for trouble from without and to make those rebels within the state hesitate to carry their plans too far. In October 1865 Camp Babbitt was relocated to a site N.E. of this about 1 1/2 miles (N.E. corner of Houston and Ben Maddox Way) as a permanent military post. Between October 1865 and September 1866 the Delta indicated "this is one of the most beautiful and important military posts in the state." Many different companies of the 2nd
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Cavalry moved in and out of here. The final blow came with an order for all companies of organized militia to be mustered out and turn over all equipment at Camp Babbitt to Capt. J.O. Doughty. The regulars were sent east of the Sierras to help with Indian trouble. In the September 19, 1866 Delta, Camp Babbitt was listed for auction, thus ended Camp Babbitt.
 
Erected 1993 by Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 20.107′ N, 119° 17.291′ W. Marker is in Visalia, California, in Tulare County. Marker is on North Santa Fe Street south of East Race Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is against the side of the building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 539 North Santa Fe Street, Visalia CA 93292, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Tulare County Jail (approx. mile away); The Hanging of J.G. McCrory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Visalia Chinatown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Visalia Saddle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Butterfield Overland Mail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Visalia Times-Delta (approx. half
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a mile away); Farmersville (approx. 5.2 miles away); Packwood Station (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Visalia.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 27, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
 
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