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Federal (USV)


Edwin Baker

(1838 - 1925)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (1st Rifles)

Before Antietam

A 23 year old teacher from Chester County, PA, he mustered as a Private in Company H, 13th Pennsylvania Reserves on about 22 July 1861. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1863

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. He transferred to Company H of the 190th Pennsylvania Infantry on 31 May 1864 at New Creek, VA and mustered out on 22 July 1864.

After the War

In 1880 he was a laborer at San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, CA, but by 1900 he was a farmer in Pasadena, CA. He had retired there by 1910 and lived with his daughter Henrietta and her family in South Pasadena in 1920.

References & notes

Antietam casualty from Nelson.1 His service from Sypher,2 Bates,3 and the Card File.4 Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his birth in 1838, and the US Census of 1880-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Noah Arnold for the poke to look further into Edwin.

He married Abigail Jane "Abby" Baker (1842-1916) in November 1866 and they had 8 children.

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


10/12/1837; Chester County, PA


12/22/1925; Los Angeles, CA; burial in Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Altadena, CA


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 16228]

2   Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart, History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr and Company, 1865, pg. 720  [AotW citation 29058]

3   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 29059]

4   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 29060]