Baker Family Letters,1861-1863

Descriptive Summary

Title
Baker Family Letters,1861-1863
Creator
Baker Family
Extent
14 items
Subjects
Baker, David, 1842-1862.
Baker, John, 1837-1863.
Fort Donelson, Battle of, 1862-- Sources.
Kentucky-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Sources.
Perryville (Ky.), Battle of, 1862-- Sources.
Tennessee-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Sources.
United States.-- Army.-- Illinois Infantry Regiment, 37th (1861-1866)-- History-- Sources.
United States.-- Army.-- Illinois Infantry Regiment, 96th (1862-1865)-- History-- Sources.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Destruction and pillage.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Hospitals.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Regimental histories.
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Repository
The Filson Historical Society

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
John and David Baker served with the Illinois Infantry in the Civil War. David died of disease on 13 Jan. 1862 in Otterville, Mo., and John died of disease on 6 Sept. 1863 at Estell Springs, Tenn. Letters of brothers, John and David Baker, to family members describe their experiences in two regiments (the 37th and 96th) of the Illinois Infantry. The earlier letters by David note the formation of the Illinois Infantry, 37th Regiment at Chicago. John's letters describe the 96th Infantry's movement through Ky.; pillaging a house near Lexington; Confederates wounded at Perryville; conditions of the hospital at Harrodsburg; and skirmishes near Franklin, Tenn