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Civil War Soldiers - Baird
|Baird, Absalom, brigadier-general, was born in
Washington, Pa., Aug. 20, 1824, and graduated at West Point in 1849.
He served in 1850-51 as second lieutenant during the Seminole war. In
1853 he was promoted to first lieutenant and served until 1859 as
assistant professor of mathematics at the military academy, spending
the next two years on frontier and garrison duty. In March, 1861, he
took command of the light battery for the Department of Washington,
and on May 11 was brevetted captain. In July, 1861, he served as
adjutant-general in the defense of Washington and in the Manassas
campaign, engaging later in the siege of Yorktown and the battle of
Williamsburg. He commanded a brigade in the Army of the Ohio from May
to Sept., 1862, and was engaged in the capture of Cumberland gap. From
Oct., 1862, to June, 1863, he commanded the third division in the Army
of the Kentucky, and was, for gallant action at Chickamauga, brevetted
lieutenant-colonel. He also held important commands in the operations
about Chattanooga, the battle of Missionary ridge, the march to the
sea, the capture of Atlanta, and the march through the Carolinas,
being present at the surrender of Johnston's army at Durham station.
For his services in the Atlanta campaign he received the brevet rank
of brigadier-general in the regular army, while distinguished services
throughout the war won him that of brevet major-general, U. S. A.
Since the war, Gen. Baird has served as inspector-general of various
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908