"Brvt. Brig. Gen. Willoughby Babcock Wounded at the Battle of Wincester, VA., Sept 19, 1864, Died Oct. 6, AE 32 Y'rs."
Gen. Babcock is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Homer, NY, which is only a few miles from my house. I was taken aback by the sense of connection that I had with him when I saw his grave. Here was a man who was born and is buried near where I live. I have been to the place where he met his fate at the battlefield near Winchester, not too far from where I lived in NoVA. Stumbling upon his grave near my new home connected me to this far off place and time again. I know how far Winchester is from here and how far the Civil War is from our time. The distance he had traveled from his family and the years that have passed since his life were clear to me.
So in the end, on this our Veteran's Day, I wanted to post an image that shows my appreciation for the veteran's of our country. I know how far they go and how long they have travelled.
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