|Birthplace:||Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony|
|Place of Burial:||Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States|
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About Joshua Baker
"Joshua Baker, who was born 1752, lived near with his family; was one of the scouts sent out to reconnoitre the movements of the enemy; was shot at, but escaped into the fort (Griswold). He was wounded in the massacre by the blow of a musket butt aimed at his head, but, throwing himself backward, received it by the side of his breast bone, breaking all the ribs on that side loose from it, and felling him as if dead. From lack of attention the bones joined out of place, leaving his chest badly out of shape. A prisoner in the Sugar House in New York, he was set on shore in New Jersey and tramped home. Mr Baker was under the command of Colonel Ledyard upwards of two years, and was the first man who stood sentry at Fort Griswold. He furnished most of the facts regarding this battle, as noted in "Barber's Historical Collections." He died February 18, 1836, aged eighty four. His children were Joshua, Elisha, John, Daniel, Peter, and Annie. His brother, Andrew Baker, three years younger, was a member of the garrison and was killed outright by his side during the fight. He lived in what is now Ledyard and left a widow and one child" source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ... By William Wallace Harris, p. 228
He is mentioned in an affidavit by Jesper Latham (also a prisoner taken at Fort Griswold), in support of Caleb Avery's pension application.