{⋆★⋆} BG Baker, Alpheus

Alpheus Baker

Born: May 28, 1828
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Birthplace: Abbeville District, South Carolina

Father: Alpheus Baker Sr. 1780 – 1857

Eliza H. Courtney 1800 -

Wife: Lydia Louisa Garvin 1834 – 1866
(Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Eufaula, Alabama)​

Wife: Pheribee May Ricks 1847 – 1934

Occupation before War:

School teacher and Attorney in South Carolina​
Attorney in Lumpkin County, Georgia​
Attorney in Barbour County, Alabama​

Civil War Career:

1861: Captain of 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment​
1862: Captured during the Battle of New Madrid​
1862: Held as Prisoner of War for Several Months​
1862 – 1864: Colonel of 54th Alabama Infantry Regiment​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi​
1863: Wounded during the Battle of Champions Hill, Mississippi​
1864 – 1865: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1864: Wounded during the Battle of Ezra Church, Georgia​
1865: Brigade Commander in the Defense of Mobile, Alabama​

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1878: Attorney in Barbour County, Alabama​
1878 – 1891: Attorney in Louisville, Kentucky​

Died: October 21, 1891

Place of Death: Louisville, Kentucky

Age at time of Death: 63 years old

Burial Place: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky
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Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
The man led the 1st Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee Regiment (what a mouthfull) at Island Number 10. When exchange, his command was reorganized and he led the Alabama portion, which became the 54th Alabama. He led the regiment as part of Abraham Buford's brigade in the Vicksburg Campaign, before being transferred to join John C. Moore's brigade at Chattanooga. When Moore resigned over command issues and lack of promotion, Baker was promoted to brigadier. His command was marred by claims of drunkenness at the Battle of Reseca (according to Chastel in Decision in the West).


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He actually was a private in the Eufaula Rifles (not even a month)before becoming captain of Co. B in the 1st Alabama.


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
At the very end of the war when reorganization and consolidation of brigades took place Baker appears to have been a supernumerary officer.