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Federal (USV)


Jonathan Baker

(1843 - 1930)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

An 18 year old farmer in Jackson County, he mustered as Private in Company H, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861. He was promoted Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at a hospital in Frederick, MD, then transferred to ones in Alexandria, VA, then New York City. He was discharged for wounds at Fort Hamilton, NY on 4 February 1863. However, he immediately enlisted again, in Battery B, 5th United States Artillery. Three weeks later, on 28 February 1864 at the end of his initial term, he reenlisted in Martinsburg, VA (now WV). He deserted on 24 June 1865, was apprehended on 10 September, and deserted again on 20 October 1865. (He was released from service by an 1894 Act of Congress)

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Volunteer service from Brown2 and the Historical Data Systems database. Regular Army details from the Registers.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


11/19/1843; Jackson County, IN


05/27/1930; Columbus, IN; burial in Garland Brook Cemetery, Columbus, IN


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. 121  [AotW citation 16233]

2   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 610  [AotW citation 18695]

3   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 54, pg. 138; Vol. 58, pg. 44  [AotW citation 18696]