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Civil War Soldiers - Baxter

Baxter, Henry, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Sidney Plains, Delaware county, N. Y., Sept. 8, 1821. He received an academic education and in 1849 went to California as captain of a company of thirty men. Early in 1861 he volunteered as a private, raised a company, and was elected its captain, the company afterwards being mustered into the 7th Mich. volunteers. On May 22, 1862, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel, and, while in command of his regiment, at Fredericksburg, led an attack upon a company of Confederate sharpshooters across the river. The sharpshooters were dislodged, but Col. Baxter was shot through the lung. In March, 1863, he was promoted to brigadier-general, and participated in most of the battles of the Army of the Potomac. He distinguished himself at Antietam and in the Wilderness, in both of which contests he was wounded, besides having two horses killed under him at the Wilderness. For gallantry at the Wilderness, Dabney's mill and Five Forks, he was made brevet major-general of volunteers, April 1, 1865. After the war, from 1866 to 1869, he was United States minister to Honduras. He died in Jonesville, Hillsdale county, Mich., Dec. 30, 1873.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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