Jeremiah Baker

Jeremiah Baker was listed as a veteran with Co C, 1st Northeast Missouri Cavalry and Co D, 9th Missouri Sharpshooters. He was a military POW, paroled at Shreveport, La and a survivor of the CSS Kentucky tragedy. 

“On February 9, 1932, at his home in Fresno, Calif., my father, Jeremiah Baker, answered the Last Roll Call. On a bright morning, he passed gently over the border. In bed but a few days, without pain, with his family and friends talking with him, all was just as he had wished. 

    “Glad did he live, and gladly die,

    And he laid him down with a will.” 

“…From notes prepared by my father the following is taken: Born on the 28th of October, 1843, I was twelve years old when my father moved to Missouri in 1855. He was a blacksmith, and I worked in his shop until July 25, 1862, when I joined the Confederate army. I was taken prisoner that fall and sent to St. Louis, then to Alton, Ill; in March, 8163, was sent back to St. Louis, and on April 2, after seven months in prison, I was sent to City Point, Virginia and exchanged, then went on to Petersburg. From there a number of us were sent to Parsons’ Brigade, Missouri troops in Arkansas. At Little Rock, I was put in Pindall’s Battalion, 9th Confederate Sharpshooters, and so served to the close of the war. I was made corporal when the company was reorganized, and afterwards promoted to Sergeant; was color guard in every battle I was in. We were paroled on the 9th day of June, 1865, at Shreveport, La., and started home on the Old Kentucky, on Red River, but the boat struck a snag and sank near Shreveport. Many comrades were drowned, and many Negroes who were going North, I swam ashore and landed in a cane break. Those who survived were taken back to Shreveport in a boat, and we again started on our way home.” 

Source: Confederate Veteran magazine article by Mrs. Robert Lee Davis, of Reedly, Calif. reprinted in “The Bravest of the Brave-Pindall’s 9th Missouri Battalion of Sharpshooters” by Carolyn M. Bartels; transcribed by Lisa Perry