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Confederate (CSV)

Private

R. J. P. Baker

(1843 - 1905)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Manly's (NC) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

Age 18, from Johnston County, he enlisted as Private in Battery A (later Manly's), First North Carolina Light Artillery on 8 May 1861 in Wake County.

On the Campaign

He was in captured in action on South Mountain, MD on 15 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware until exchanged at Aiken's Landing, V on 20 November 1862.

After the War

The Town of Four Oaks was established in 1886 by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad and purchased by the East Carolina Land & Improvement Company in 1892. The town was laid out in a grid on either side of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad tracks. The 40 acres of land for the formation of the town was purchased from R. J. P Baker ... According to local history, Colonel Bridgers named the town after the unusual oak tree located on the farm of Kinchen Barbour, which had been cut down and had regrown four separate trunks from the stump of the tree. The town was incorporated in 1889, and by the following year 62 people resided in the town

References & notes

Service information from Moore1 and North Carolina Troops.2 The quote above from a 2018 historic structures report [pdf] about Four Oaks from the State Historic Preservation Office. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth

1843

Death

1905; burial in Town of Four Oaks Cemetery, Four Oaks, Johnston County, NC

Notes

1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 1, pg. 345  [AotW citation 21420]

2   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 21421]