Private William M. Baldwin
11th Arkansas Infantry
William M. Baldwin enlisted in Co. F, 11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry, Confederate States of America Army on August 17, 1861. According to the veteran records from the National Archives, he was captured on April 8, 1862 with the fall of the fort on Island No. 10 in the Mississippi River in Tennessee near New Madrid, Missouri. He was sent as a prisoner of war to Camp Douglas near Chicago, Illinois. The records show that he was in the prison hospital one time for pneumonia and three times for diarrhea. He was sent to Vicksburg after returning to duty on October 23, 1862. Prisoner exchanges were made at Vicksburg, Mississippi during this period; therefore, it is likely that he was released from captivity. It is not known if he went back on military duty. His old unit again saw action on May 9, 1863. It had forty-three encounters in 1863, 1864, and 1865 in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Alabama. His brother, Thomas A. Baldwin, served as a private in Co. H of the 1st (Monroe's) Arkansas Cavalry.
William M. Baldwin was born in South Carolina about 1841. He married Margaret A. Brown of Arkansas about 1865. They lived in Marble Township, Saline County, Arkansas. They both died about 1871. They had two surviving sons. William Lee Baldwin was born about 1866, and James Andrew Baldwin was born about 1868. After the deaths of their parents, these boys lived with their uncle, Thomas A. Baldwin. The young men moved to Hill County, Texas about 1890.
Mark Scott Baldwin
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