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Matthew Baird, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1839 and the oldest child of George W. Baird and Mary Eliza Merrill, was a confederate soldier during the Civil War. He joined the 3rd Infantry, Company E in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 13, 1861 and reported for duty on June 10, 1861. More information on the life of Matthew Baird can be found at the Historic Charlton Park.
Baird, Matthew, "Matthew Baird Journal" (1864). Thomas Memorial Collection. 3.