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USAMP Gen. Absalom Baird

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Mine Planter:
  • Built in 1918-19 as for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps at Fabricated Shipbuilding, Co. Milwaukee, WI.
  • Launched in 1920
  • Delivered in 1920 to the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service
  • Commissioned USAMP Gen. Absalom Baird, 19 June 1920, CAPT. LeRoy H. Lohmann, USA in command
  • Named in honor of Gen. Absalom Baird, commanding officer of the 1st Division, XIV Corps during the Chickamauga and Atlanta Campaigns, July 1863–September 1864
  • USAMP General Absalom Baird accepted for service by the Quartermaster Corps in August 1920
  • General Absalom Baird reached Hoboken, N.J in October 1920 where she was assigned to Coast Defenses of Long Island Sound, 9 November 1920
  • General Absalom Baird changed homeports from Hoboken, N.J in December 1920 to Fort H.G. Wright, N.Y.
  • Detached service to Fort Adams, R.I., 23 April 1932 to 27 May 1932 to conduct training with the Coast Defenses of Narragansett Bay
  • Reassigned to Harbor Defenses of Boston, 15 April 1937, homeported at Fort Banks, MA.
  • Final Disposition, sold to a harbor boat service at New York Harbor; later registered in Canada; dropped off the list of US Merchant Vessels after World War II
    Displacement 704 t. gross
    Length 170'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 17'
    Speed unknown
    Typical Armament
    two machine guns
    32 rifles
    Typical Complement
    Officers 3
    Warrant Officers 6
    Enlisted 36
    two reciprocating steam engines
    two shafts, 1,100shp

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    General Absalom Baird 21k
    Absalom Baird (August 20, 1824 – June 14, 1905) was a career United States Army officer who distinguished himself as a Union Army general in the American Civil War. Baird received the Medal of Honor for his military actions When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Baird was promoted to brevet captain. He fought at the First Battle of Bull Run under Brig. Gen. Daniel Tyler. On November 12, 1861, Baird was promoted to major in the Regular Army while serving as an assistant inspector general. He became chief of staff to Maj. Gen. Erasmus D. Keyes during the first part of the Siege of Yorktown, where his service earned him a further promotion to brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers on April 30, 1862, to rank from April 28, 1862. In April 1862, Baird took command of the 27th Brigade, 7th Division in the Army of the Ohio under Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell. Baird helped secure the Cumberland Gap in June 1862 under George W. Morgan. He commanded the 3rd Division, Army of Kentucky where his troops faired poorly in the battle of Thompson's Station though Baird was not personally involved. His troops were present at the battle of the Harpeth River before being assimilated into the Army of the Cumberland. Baird's division became the 1st Division of Maj. Gen. George Henry Thomas's XIV Corps. It was in this post that he won fame for his heroic efforts at the Battle of Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign. Baird won a brevet promotion to colonel in Regular Army for Chattanooga. In the Atlanta Campaign, Baird led a brigade charge in the Battle of Jonesborough which earned him the Medal of Honor. He led his division in Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's March to the Sea and Carolinas Campaign. Baird led his division in the Battle of Bentonville in the latter campaign. On January 23, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Baird for appointment to the brevet grade of major general of volunteers, to rank from September 1, 1864, and the U.S. Congress confirmed the award on February 14, 1865.[2] On April 10, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Baird for appointment as brevet brigadier general in the Regular Army, to rank from March 13, 1865, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on May 4, 1866.[3] On July 17, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Baird for appointment as brevet major general in the regular U.S. Army, to rank from March 13, 1865, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on July 23, 1866.[4] Baird was mustered out of the volunteer service on September 1, 1866.
    General Absalom Baird 48k USAMP Gen. Absalom Baird under way, date and location unknown US National Archives photo, a US Army Signal Corps photo
    General Absalom Baird 26k USAMP Gen. Absalom Baird under way, in 1932, location unknown  

    The history for USAMP Gen. Absalom Baird is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2
    Commanding Officers
    01 Capt. Leroy H. Lohmann, USA19 June 1920 - 10 September 1923
    02 Capt. Herbert F. E. Bultman, USA13 September 1923 - October 1928
    03 1st LT. Lee A. Denson Jr., USAOctober 1928 - 16 June 1929
    04 1st LT. James F. Pichel, USA17 June 1929 - 8 August 1930
    05 1st LT. George F. Nichols, USA9 August 1930 - 14 April 1932
    06 1st Lt. Frank F. Miter, USA 23 April 1932 – 1 September 1932
    07 1st Lt. Girvelle L. Field, USA2 September 1932 – January 1933
    08 1st Lt. William H. Burns, USAJanuary 1933 – 5 December 1933
    09 Maj. Percy S. Lowe, USA5 December 1933 – 30 April 1938
    10 Maj. Albert C. Cheseldon, USA27 May 1938 – 4 August 1938
    11 Capt. Nathan A. McLamb.USA4 August 1938–January 1942
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 2

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