A Guide to the Joseph J. Baker Correspondence, 1863-1864 Baker, Joseph B., Correspondence Ms2011-046

A Guide to the Joseph J. Baker Correspondence, 1863-1864

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2011-046


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Processed by: Jonathan Grunert, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2011-046
Title
Joseph J. Baker Correspondence, 1863-1864
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Baker, Joseph J., 54th Regiment, Virginia Infantry
Language
English
Abstract
Joseph J. Baker's letters discuss the October 1863 Battle at Chickamauga and the 1864 battles at Marietta, Georgia, part of the Atlanta Campaign, including estimates of wounded, killed, and captured soldiers, food resources, and sentiments sent to his family.

Adminstrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Joseph J. Baker Correspondence must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Joseph J. Baker Correspondence, Ms2011-046, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

These items were purchased by Special Collections in April 2011.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Joseph J. Baker Correspondence was completed in May 2011.

Biographical Information

Joseph J. Baker was born about 1841 in Wythe County, Virginia. He enlisted with Company K, 54th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, in April 1862. In October 1863, he was promoted to Corporal. Shortly after one of the letters in this collection was written in June 1864, Baker was taken prisoner outside Marietta, Georgia. He was released from Camp Morton, Indiana, in June 1865, and returned to Wythe County. Some time between 1865 and 1871, he married and he and his wife, Sarah, had at least four daughters. Baker died in 1931.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of letters from Confederate soldier Joseph J. Baker of the 54th Regiment Virginia Infantry, dated October 2, 1863, and June 15, 1864. In addition to battle descriptions (Chickamauga and Marietta, Georgia), including estimates of wounded, killed, and captured soldiers, Baker writes of food resources and sends sentiments to his family.

Collection includes transcription.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Polk, Leonidas, General
  • Subjects:

  • Atlanta Campaign, 1864
  • Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863
  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Letters, 1863-1864

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Baker, Joseph J., 54th Regiment, Virginia Infantry
  • Polk, Leonidas, General