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Federal (USV)


Benjamin B. Baker

(1836 - 1908)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

He was 2nd Lieutenant, Company K, 17th Michigan Infantry on its organization in August 1862 and his commission dated from 17 June 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring Hospital at Sharpsburg, MD. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 30 December 1862. He resigned his commission and was discharged to take an appointment as 2nd Lieutenant, 23rd Regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps on 14 July 1863. He was appointed Regimental Quartermaster 14 June 1865 and mustered out 30 June 1866.

After the War

He was a farmer and, by 1873, Postmaster in Lansing, MI. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post #42 there. He was still living in Lansing at the 1894 Michigan State Census.

References & notes

Hospital information from Nelson1. Service from the Record of Service.2 His postwar occupation from the Manual for the Use of the Legislature of the State of Michigan (1873-74). His death date from a notice thoughtfully posted by Jack Dempsey.


1836 in VT


11/28/1908; Lansing, MI; burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lansing, MI


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 16223]

2   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 17, pg. 7  [AotW citation 20214]