This collection contains the papers of Civil war soldier and
teacher Obadiah E. Baker and his wife, Melissa Dalton Baker, of Iowa and, later, Northern
California, and their family between the late 1850s and early 1900s. Notably, the collection
contains letters kept by Obadiah Baker to his wife, while serving in the 2nd Iowa Cavalry
Regiment, which reflect on military operations on the Western front, camp life, and Civil
War hospitals and medical care.
Civil War soldier and teacher Obadiah Ethelbert Baker (1838-1923), a native of Eden, New
York, moved to Iowa with his parents, settling in Strawberry Point in 1856. At 21, he began
teaching a class of 72 students at the local district school. In 1860, he married Melissa
Dalton (1844-1918). In 1860s, Melissa, formerly a student of his, taught school in the same
Approximately 350 pieces
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