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W.L. Baker
W.L. Baker

Federal (USA)


William L. Baker

(1839 - 1862)
Home State: Massachusetts
Command Billet: Battery Officer
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: 4th United States Artillery, Battery E


Before the Antietam Campaign:
The son of former Congressman Osmyn Baker, he was commissioned 2nd - then 1st Lieutenant in the Regular Army, 4th US Artillery, on 5 August 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Killed in action by artillery fire at Antietam on 17 September.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic service data from Heitman1, with additional information from his gravestone found on Find A Grave. The photo here is from a CDV kindly provided by Vern DeLong.

More on the Web:
A coastal defense battery at Ft. Totten, NY was named for him in 1903 (via FortWiki). It was active until 1945.

Birth Date: 10/05/1839    Birth State: MA    
Death Date: 09/17/1862    Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD    Burial Place: Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, MA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 185  [AotW citation 1123]

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