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Baird was born on December 13, 1839, in Milford, Connecticut. He graduated from Hopkins Grammar School in 1859, and entered Yale University. Despite leaving Yale prior to his graduation to fight in the American Civil War, he received his diploma in 1863, while serving with a Connecticut artillery battery.  Baird served in the artillery until 1864, when he was appointed colonel of volunteers of the 32nd Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops. He reverted to the rank of second lieutenant in 1866, and remained in the army. From 1871 to 1878, he was adjutant to colonel Nelson A. Miles (he later wrote the book "General Miles's Indian Campaigns: On the staked plains."), and served under him in the Nez Perce War. He was promoted to major in 1879, and became Deputy Paymaster General of the army in 1899. He was eventually promoted to brigadier general in 1903, shortly before his retirement.  MOH for  BAIRD, GEORGE W.Rank: First Lieutenant / AdjutantOrganization: U.S. ArmyDivision: 5th U.S. InfantryBorn: ConnecticutEntered Service At: Milford, ConnecticutPlace / Date: At Bear Paw Mountain, Montana, 30 September 1877Citation: Most distinguished gallantry in action with the Nez Perce Indians.

CDV Colonel George W Baird MOH

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