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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born N. C.)

Lawrence S. Baker

(Ap'd N. C.)


Laurence​a Simmons Baker: Born May 15, 1830, Gates Co., NC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1847, to July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Mounted Rifle­men, July 1, 1851.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1851‑52; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1852; and on frontier duty at Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1852, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1852, — Ft. Scott, Kan., 1852‑53, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1853, — Expedition to the Plains,

(Second Lieut., Mounted Rifle­men, Mar. 31, 1853)

1853, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1853, — Ft. Inge, Tex., 1853‑54, — Ft. McIntosh, Tex., 1854, — Scouting, 1854, — Ft. Merrill, Tex., 1855, — San Antonio, Tex., 1855‑56, — Scouting, 1856, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1856, — March to New Mexico, 1856, — Ft. Thorn, N. M., 1856, — convoying train to Tucson, Ara., 1856‑57, — Ft. Thorn, N. M., 1857, — Ft. Stanton, N. M., 1857, — Scouting, 1857‑58, being engaged against Kiowa Indians, in a Skirmish at Ojo del Muerto, N. M., Mar. 12, 1857, — Ft. Stanton, N. M., 1858‑59, — Scouting, 1860, — Ft. Union, N. M., 1860‑61, — and

(First Lieut., Mounted Rifle­men, Nov. 22, 1859)

Ft. Stanton, N. M., 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — Farmer, near Suffolk, Va., 1866‑78. Agent of the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, and Southern Express Company, and Manager of the Western Union Telegraph Company, at Suffolk, Va., 1878 to 18–––.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Unknown, — residence, Suffolk, Va.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Station Agent at Suffolk, Va., of the Seaboard & Roanoke R. R. and Agent of the Southern Express Co.

Died April 10, 1907, at Suffolk, Va.: Aged 77.

Buried, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk, VA.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1908, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Thayer's Notes:

a His tombstone (q.v.) spells his name Laurence; though the marker appears to be a recent one, several print authorities assure us that Lawrence is a War Department spelling originally due to a clerical error; the latter spelling, however, persists thru at least Vol. IX of the Supplements to the Register.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: a fair summary is provided by the Find-a‑Grave page linked above.

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