Farmer, Schoolteacher, Civil War Veteran
Birth: November 1, 1845, Vienna, Ohio
Death: December 25, 1933, Fowler, Ohio
Burial: Vienna Township Cemetery
Military Service: Enlisted as a Private in Company H, Ohio 171st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (National Guard) on May 5, 1864. Mustered out on August 20, 1864, at Johnson's Island, Sandusky, Ohio.
Harris Dwight Baldwin (who preferred “Dwight”) was twice rejected for service due to his age but was accepted in 1864, much to his parents’ dismay. His service included guard duty at the Confederate prisoner of war camp on Johnson's Island. Baldwin returned from the War and, like his father, undertook farming in Vienna and in Fowler for the rest of his long life. He taught school for 35 years and voted in 18 presidential elections.
Regimental History, 171st Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Organized at Sandusky, Ohio, and mustered in May 7, 1864. On guard and fatigue duty at Johnson's Island till June 8. Moved to Covington, Ky., thence to Cynthiana, Ky. Attached to General Hobson's Command, District of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio. Action at Kellar's Bridge. Ky., near Cynthiana, Ky., June 11. Cynthiana, Ky., June 12. Regiment captured. Paroled June 13 and ordered to Camp Dennison, Ohio. Duty there and at Johnson's Island, Ohio, till August. Mustered out August 20, 1864.
Regiment lost during service 17 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 15 Enlisted men by disease. Total 32.
Read more about the 171st Regiment at the Ohio Civil War Central Encyclopedia.