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Peter Baker
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Birth: unknown
Death: May 27, 1864

Co H 49th Ohio
Killed in battle of Pickett's Mills, Ga;
interred in sec. A, grave 838.
-Ohio Roster Roll of Honor

1st Brigade (Gibson), 3rd Division (Wood), 4th Army Corps. Orig Bur New Hope Ch.

...our formation being in two lines, with the Eighty-ninth Illinois on the right, Thirty-second Indiana on the left, and Fifteenth Wisconsin in the center of the first line; the Fifteenth Ohio on the right, the Forty-ninth Ohio on the left, and Thirty-fifth Illinois in the center of the second line. About 1 p.m. the brigade was put in motion, closely following Hazen's brigade. Moving to the left and front successively for a distance of about two and a half miles to a point near Pickett's Mills, we arrived there about 2.30 p.m., finding the enemy in considerable force, protected by barricades hastily but strongly built with logs on the crest of a considerable ridge and supported by artillery, planted so as to enfilade the approaches and ravines in his immediate front, over and through which a force attempting to dislodge him would have to pass. About 4 p.m. Hazen's brigade gallantly charged close up to the enemy's works, but being unable to carry them, in obedience to orders, the first line of this brigade, closely followed by the second line, moved forward in fine style and with its accustomed dash to his support, and we in turn by a portion of Knefler's brigade, but the enemy being unexpectedly found in force, comprising, according to his own statement, the veteran troops of both Cleburne's and Bate's divisions, it was impossible to dislodge him. Our troops, however, stubbornly maintained their position close up to his works, in some places we occupying one side of his barricade and he the other, giving a heavy and effective fire and receiving in return a heavy, direct, grand enfilading musketry and artillery fire until dark, when our troops, under orders, fell back. This brigade being withdrawn, about 8 p.m. moved about 400 yards to the right, taking and strongly intrenching a position about 250 yards from the enemy's works, connecting on the right with Knefier's brigade and on the left with Hazen's brigade, our front being a little west of south. On account of the constant heavy and effective firing of the enemy we were unable to bury our dead or bring off all of our wounded, consequently the dead and part of our wounded fell into his hands, together with a considerable number of prisoners, who were endeavoring during the darkness of the night to remove our wounded. This position was substantially maintained, we engaging the enemy only with our skirmish line and artillery until the morning of June 5, when, the enemy having evacuated his position the night previous, we, at daybreak, occupied his works.

Our casualties at this point, particularly on the 27th, were very large, being: Killed, 105; wounded, 484; missing, 114; total, 703.

- Report of Col. Charles T. Hotchkiss, Eighty-ninth Illinois Infantry, commanding First Brigade.
HDQRS. FIRST BRIG., THIRD Div., FOURTH CORPS,
Near Atlanta, Ga., September 10, 1864.
 
 
Burial:
Marietta National Cemetery
Marietta
Cobb County
Georgia, USA
Plot: A-838
 
Created by: Janet
Record added: May 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26923646
Peter Baker
Added by: Debbie
 
Peter Baker
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- drbuck
 Added: Jun. 5, 2012
All honor to you, sir, for your service in the 49th Ohio ~ thank you!
- drbuck
 Added: Feb. 20, 2010
"This [Hazen's] brigade, in two lines, was then pushed forward to attack the enemy, the ether troops not moving. After skirmishing about 800 yards, the front line came upon and immediately engaged the enemy, when one of the most desperate engagements of m...(Read more)
- Janet
 Added: Jun. 22, 2008
 
 
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