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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 Antietam

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.

On the Campaign

Killed in action by artillery fire at Antietam on 17 September, probably by the same round that wounded Captain Clark.

References & 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.


10/05/1839 in MA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in 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]