Henry Baker


BirthJuly 13, 1844
DeathAug. 8, 1930
CemeteryForest Lawn (Omaha)
Unit38th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E

Sergeant Henry Baker

Company E, 38th Pennsylvania Infantry

Baker was born in Sandusky (Erie County), Ohio on July 13, 1844. He was residing in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on May 1, 1861. Baker was 16 years old and at the time of his enlistment. He was promoted to sergeant on June 15, 1863. He served 3 years and was discharged on May 11, 1864.

The 38th Pennsylvania Infantry (also known as the 9th Reginent, Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry) was organized at Pittsburg in July 1861. The unit was mustered on July 22, 1861. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Gaines’ Mill (VA) (June 27, 1862). Regimental losses were 10 killed, 14 wounded, and 2 were captured.

Battle of Charles Cross Roads (VA) (June 30, 1862). Regimental losses were 16 killed, 15 wounded, and 7 captured).

Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) (July 1, 1862).

2nd Battle of Bull Run (VA) (August 30, 1862). Regimental losses were 22 killed and 14 wounded.

Battle of South Mountain (MD) (September 14, 1862). Regimental losses were 11 killed and 14 wounded.

Battle of Antietam (VA) (September 16-17, 1862). Regimental losses were 25 killed and 21 wounded.

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

The regiment lost 6 officers and 131 enlisted men in combat actions.

Baker died on August 8, 1930 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha (Douglas County), Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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