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Federal (USV)


Aaron Baker

(1841 - 1864)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (1st Rifles)

Before Antietam

A 20 year old farmer from Chatham, PA, he enrolled on 15 May 1861 and mustered in Harrisburg as a Private in Company H, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves on 28 May. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the shoulder in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. He was killed in action at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864.

References & notes

Antietam wound detail from Nelson.1. His service from Sypher,2 who says he was wounded on South Mountain, and the Card File,3 also as Aaron Baker, Jr. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Noah Arnold for the poke to look further into Aaron.

His bother Edwin was also in Company H and at Antietam with Aaron.


01/09/1841; Chester County, PA


05/12/1864; Spotsylvania Court House, VA; burial in Fallowfield Orthodox Friends Burial Ground, Ercildoun, PA


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 120  [AotW citation 16221]

2   Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart, History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr and Company, 1865, pg. 720  [AotW citation 29056]

3   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 29057]