Was mustered into the 46. G, a week after he enlisted on October 8, 1861. He and his regiment saw action at the Battle of Shiloh and suffered considerable loss. After the fight, he wrote.Davis is getting along so well but it is sad to hear of so many of our companions dying who were wounded in the battle [of Shiloh]. (Corinth, MS, May 17, 1862). The day of his letter, he and the men prepared for the siege of Corinth. The pickets of the two armies are in continual conflict with each other. There were several pickets on our side killed & wounded last night The rebels will soon have to leave orthere will have to be a fight before long.
Some think that they will not stand a fight here. If they do I think it will be the last fighting we will have to do. The 15th are all furnished with new Enfield guns. We are to have them too as soon as they can get them from the [Pittsburg] landing.
They continued to fight throughout the Vicksburg campaign. During that time, Baker chose to re-enlist. Baker and his friends encountered some bad luck not on the battlefield, but at camp. Elias Hackel our baker had his tent fly lying near our cook tent and some of the boys began throwing coals on it and it finally burnt it up.
I was not directly engaged in the affair but was rather an abettor. We were brought to head quarters under guard until the next day when it resulted in fine of three dollarsupon each of us. I thought you might get the report of me being under arrest and thought it best to explain it to you. (Natchez, MS, August 30, 1863).
Baker continued to serve well after the war ended. He mustered out of Baton Rouge on January 20, 1866. The five letters total about 14 pp, various sizes, but mostly 5 x 8.
May 17, 1862, in part. Major [Benjamin] Dornblaser [WIA Shiloh 4/7/62 & brevet major general 3/13/65] arrived here yesterdaythere were a great many bright & pleasant faces at his appearance for we were all glad to see him. Davis wounded severely on April 7th and had to be carried from the field at Shiloh & MWIA Hatchie Bridge, Tenn.
10/5/62 is getting along so well but it is sad to hear of so many of our companions dying who were wounded in the battle [Shiloh]Gen. Halleck rode along the lines yesterday so I saw Julias & Abe Newcomer as they belong to his body guard but I did not get to speak with themOur line of battle is fifteen miles long. We advance a mile or two every few days and when we come to a halt each Regt. And company build their own breastworks in front of them so that every inch of ground we gain we will be able to hold. There were several pickets on our side killed & wounded last night.There was one of the 15th in Co. The rebels will soon have to leave orthere will have to be a fight before long.
The 46th have a sutler now. He is from Lane Station, Ogle CoElias D.
March 13, 1863, in part. We arrived in Memphis again yesterdayWe rec'd. When we were paid at Moscow it took nearly all to pay some I had borrowedI want to get a gold pen and a couple pictures taken in a dayThe grub that soldiers get it is not impossible to not spend when he has it. There is still four months pay due usWe had a bad day to march onIt rained all the time. Some of the boys fell into the ditches full of water up to their necksWe are going to reinforce the Army of the Cumberland.
Intelligence of a severe battle at Vicksburg. It is reported that Gen. Logan has cut his way through to the railroad between Vicksburg and Jackson. If that is the case they have the rebels foul. The 11th has likely seen more fighting as they are in Logan's division.
The Kansas Jayhawkers captured three hundred guerillas yesterdaynear Lafayette. I will send you my likeness as soon as I canElias. I will tell youwhat I will call a misfortune. Came off picket the other morning feeling a little for funElias Hackel our baker had his tent fly lying near our cook tent and some of the boys began throwing coals on it and finally burnt it up.
It was reported to Col. Ben and we were brought to headquarters under guard until the next day when it resulted in fine of three dollarsupon each of us. I thought you might get the report of me being under arrest and thought it best to explain it to you that you might not think it resulted from some gross offense.Was going to be mounted, but I have seen nothing yet to verify it. We passed the most rigid inspection this morning that we have yet had in the division. Crocker now commanding the division passed through the ranks by companies and scrutinized the arms, accouterments and clothing very closely. Our guns were burnished up that the reflection of the sun upon them would almost dazzle your eyesOur clothing was in the best possible condition.
It was desired that all should have our boots blackenedIt made a very uniform appearance. It reminded me of descriptions of novelists given of the Royal Army while endeavoring to subdue the Colonists.I attended church in the city today and heard a pretty good sermon but there was nothing hinted at concerning the national difficulties. I also heard some splendid music from the choirE. Undated letter from Natchez, reading, in part.
We have just finished building us a house. We made it of pine logs and plastered it with clay. We have a fine brick chimneyWe are prepared for cold weather nowWe will probably have to move our camp inside the breastworks after they are finished. Our paroled men a portion of the regiment was captured at Jackson, Miss.
May 1, 1864, in part. We left Black River on the 28th inst. And came to Vicksburg on the cars and went into camp south of the city and yesterday we moved camp to or three miles to the north side. Black river is evacuated we being the last Regt. Folds, toning, but very readable.Our goal is please every customer. We are pleased to be members of The Manuscript Society, Universal Autograph Collectors Club and The Ephemera Society. The item "5 Civil War Letters 46 Illinois Many Wounded at Shiloh Jawhawkers Capture 300" is in sale since Monday, June 26, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Correspondence, Mail". The seller is "bminnocci6mtm" and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.