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Jim Baker, negro, assisted Confederate, July 1864

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On the evening of the 9th inst. a negro named Jim Baker was decoyed from his house, in the neighborhood of the jail, and shot by two men whose names are unknown. Dr. Dorsey was summoned to dress the negro’s wounds, and finding him in a dying condition he enjoined upon him to make known the facts pertaining to his injuries. He stated that he had retired to bed and was aroused by some man who in a familiar manner told him that he had something to tell him. He got up and accompanied the man some distance from his house, when refusing to go any further without the remainder of his clothing—as he was almost in a state of nudity—he was informed that he must die. By this time they were met by some man in disguise, and on the instant both drew pistols and fired upon him. One ball passed through his body and lodged in the left lobe of the lung and a second entered his thigh. The negro it appears hailed from Front Royal, Va., and was employed as a waiter in Mr. Geo. Miller’s Eating Saloon, in this place. A few days previous to the coming of the rebels he confessed to have entertained and fed a Capt. Burns of the rebel army who visited the town in the capacity of a spy, and afterwards led the enemy through the streets. When asked the question whether he had given information to Burns he refused to answer. He lingered until Sunday and expired.


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Slaves and Free Blacks, Western Maryland

Western Maryland, 1800-1864

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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