William Edwin Baldwin

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William Edwin Baldwin was born at Statesburg, South Carolina on July 28, 1827. Removing to Mississippi at an early age, he eventually became engaged in military affairs by joining a militia company known as the "Columbus Riflemen," of which he served as lieutenant for twelve years. Elected captain of his company in 1861, he took it to Pensacola, and was shortly elected colonel of the 14th Mississippi Infantry. Soon sent north, Baldwin's regiment was included in the surrender at Fort Donelson, and Baldwin was imprisoned at Fort Warren until August 1862, immediately after which he was commissioned brigadier general to rank from September 19, 1862. His brigade participated in the Vicksburg campaign, during which he was again captured; he was paroled upon the capitulation of the fortress. After his second exchange he served for a short time with the Army of Tennessee, and was then assigned to the District of Mobile with his command. On February 19, 1864, near Dog River Factory, Alabama, a broken stirrup resulted in a fatal fall from his horse. First buried in Mobile, his remains were later taken to Columbus, where they now rest in Friendship Cemetery.

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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.