October 19, 2006

Grave of War of 1812 Veteran To Receive New Marker Courtesy of VA

More than a century had taken its toll on the headstone of a former soldier. Not wanting his service to the nation to be forgotten, family members of Samuel Brown Baker took the necessary steps to insure the veteran of the War of 1812 would be remembered at his final resting spot at the Campground Cemetery west of Memphis.

James Dale Baker contacted the United States Department of Veteran Affairs regarding his great, great, great-grandfather who had been buried at the cemetery at the time of his death on November 16, 1872.

After verifying Samuel Brown Bakerís service record, the VA sent the family a metal grave marker to be placed at the burial site to commemorate the soldierís service.

Samuel Brown Baker had served with the 1st Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Gunmen. According to the familyís research, he was a private in Captain Allenís Company and served at the Battle of New Orleans that officially ended the conflict between England and the United States.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world. For all deaths occurring before September 11, 2001, the VA may provide a headstone or marker only for graves that are not marked with a private headstone.

The Baker family will hold a brief ceremony at the cemetery to install the marker on Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 p.m.

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