SGT Hiram Baxter
Record NO: (41)
Rank / Rate
SGT
War of Service
Civil
Date of birth
No Date
Place of birth / home town
Family Members
High School
Enlistment Date
Branch
Service Number
Unit / Ship / duty Station
Date of Casuality
Sep 19, 1864
Cause of Death or Status
KIA
Place of Incident
Opequan, VA
Place of Burial or Memorial
Winchester National Cemetery, Winchester, VA
Awards
★ Civil War Campaign Medal
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Enlisted as a Private on 10 August 1861; Mustered into Co I, 34th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on 14 September 1861; Promoted to Corporal; Transferred from Company I on 1 September 1864. On September 19, 1864, Maj. Gen. Phillip Sheridan advanced toward Winchester along the Berryville Pike with the VI and XIX Corps, crossing Opequon Creek east of town. The Union advance was delayed long enough for Maj. Gen. Jubal Early to concentrate his forces to meet the main assault. Veteran Union and Confederate divisions fought hard for several hours, but Early’s men were gradually driven back toward Winchester, anchored around the defensive works on the north end of town. By late-afternoon, the VIII Corps and Union cavalry turned the Confederate left flank and Early ordered a general retreat. The Union victory began a series of losses for Early’s army in the Valley from which it would not recover. The battle was the largest and most costliest fought in the Shenandoah Valley.