Laurence Simmons Baker
(1830-1907)

Brigadier General

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

Laurence Simmons Baker, whose first name became "Lawrence" through a War Department error, was born in Gates County, North Carolina, May 15, 1830, and was graduated from West Point in 1851. His old army service was principally on the frontier, as a lieutenant in the regiment of Mounted Riflemen. Resigning in May 1861, Baker was immediately appointed lieutenant colonel of the 1st North Carolina Cavalry, a regiment of which he was elected colonel in the spring of 1862. Attached to General Wade Hampton's brigade he and his command participated in all the engagements of the Army of Northern Virginia from the Peninsular campaign until Gettysburg, a few weeks after which he received his commission as brigadier, July 23 1863. Several times wounded, General Baker was assigned departmental command in North Carolina in 1864, and although suffering intensely from injuries, took part in the battle of Bentonville. His command was detached from the main army under General J. E. Johnson at the time of the surrender. He was paroled at Raleigh in May 1865. He first engaged in farming after the war, and later became railroad station agent at Suffolk, Virginia, where he continued until his death, April 10, 1907. He is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.