Isaac Norval Baker Civil War Memoirs
18th Virginia Cavalry, Company F. (Imboden's Brigade)
VMI Archives Manuscript #0357
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About the Collection
The collection consists of an original manuscript fragment (ca. 12 pages) and typewritten transcription (21 pages) describing Isaac Norval Baker's Civil War service as a Private in the Confederate Army's 18th Virginia Cavalry Regiment. Baker's language is descriptive and lively, and the account includes many vignettes that provide insight into the lives of both soldiers and civilians. The narrative covers the period June 1863-April 1865; topics include camp life, wartime hardships, battles (Gettysburg, Bristoe Campaign, third Battle of Winchester, Fisher's Hill), and the effects of war in Shenandoah Valley.
Isaac Norval Baker-- born October 8, 1844, lived near Whitacre, Frederick Co., Virginia; during Civil War served as private, Company F, 18th Virginia Cavalry Regiment; after war practiced herbal medicine in Shenandoah and Frederick Co.; died December 6, 1924, Frederick County; buried Redland Cemetery, Hampshire Co., West Virginia. Physical description: Light complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes, 5' 7".
For additional information about the 18th Virginia, we recommend the following book:
18th Virginia Cavalry by Roger U. Delauter, Jr.
[Lynchburg, Va. : H.E. Howard, c1985].