BALDWIN, FRANCIS M. (1845~1932) Francis M. Baldwin was born March 2, 1845 in Alabama to Henry Baldwin and Sophia Burns Baldwin. Nothing is known of his early life. He enlisted in Company G, of the 13th Mississippi Regiment, Army of Virginia, in December of 1862. He was part of Barksdale?s Brigade, McLaw?s Division. The regiment was also nicknamed the Lauderdale Zouaves. Baldwin could have participated in a number of battles with his regiment, including the Seven Days? Battles and Gettysburg, they also took part in the Chancellorsville Campaign and the Chicamauga Campaign. He was shot in the left thigh in a skirmish in Berryville, Virginia, September 3, 1864.
There are only bits and pieces of Baldwin?s life that are recorded. He moved to Texas in 1879 and lived in Parker County, Texas for more than 20 years where he was a farmer. At some time he was married, though his wife?s name is unknown and it is uncertain if they had any children. His mother, Sophia was a witness when Francis Baldwin applied for a Confederate Pension in 1899, and her residence was also Parker County, Texas. When he entered the Confederate Men?s Home, June 6, 1926 he was a widower and in poor health. He listed a Mrs. Mary Sartan in Perrin, Texas as a person to notify upon his death. Francis M. Baldwin died June 16, 1932 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
Information from: Confederate Home Roster, death certificate, Confederate Pension Application, the National Park Service website at itd.nps.gov, and geocities.com/mississipps_13/history.html.