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Daniel Berry Baxter: Military Hero

DOB: 5 Mar 1816 in Janius, NY

PARENTS: Benjamin Baxter and Rachel Partridge Baxter

MARRIED: (1st) Mary Utley 1838-1841 (divorced)

MARRIED: (2nd) Julia A. Fairbank, 1849.

Occupation at death: Farmer

DOD: 31 Jul 1906 at Soldiers and Sailors Home, Bath, NY

BURIED: Wells Cemetery, in Little Genesee, NY (just outside Bolivar). Lot 11 #2

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Daniel Berry BaxterDaniel was my mother’s great-great grandfather. We’re related to Daniel through his son,  DeForest Abbott Baxter.

Much of this information was from his obituary. The rest was on file in the Bolivar-Richburg Library (Bolivar, NY)

MILITARY CAREER

MEXICAN WAR

—enlisted in Navy May 1832…served on the Man-of-War POTOMAC

—after discharge enlisted in USArmy in Mexican War, Co. A, 1st Miss. Rifles under Col. Frederick Davis

CIVIL WAR

—enlisted 20 June 1861 private Co I, 27th NY infantry

—gunshot wound to L hand (lost little finger)

—discharged 19 March 1863

—reenlisted 29 Feb 1864 Co. A, 50th NY Engineers

—honorable discharge 13 June 1865

SOURCES CITED:

NATIONAL ARCHIVES: soldiers’ cert: 131067 Can:2399 Bundle: 26

Report from the RECORDS and PENSION OFFICE to the Commissioner of Pensions: 23 Jan 1894: “Daniel B. Baxter, Co. I, 27th Regt NY Inf. was enrolled Sept 20, 1861, and discharged Mar 19, 1863 on SCD. Again enr in Co. D, NY Engs Feb 29, 64 and MO [mustered out] June 13, 65. From enr. to dis. he held the rank of Pvt from enr 1864 to NW Pvt and during that period the rolls show him present except as follows: Feb 28, 63 sick in hosp Balt Md save to discharge. The medical records show him treated as follows: as David B. Baxter, Priv Co. I, 27 NY vols Jan 2-8, 63 GS [gunshot] wound, left hand; as Danl B. Baxter, Priv Co. A, Jan 9 to Mar 20, 63, vulnus sclopet, discharged from service Mar 20, 63. Nothing additional found.

Joined G.A.R. post 247 in Bolivar, NY 19 Nov 1888

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