Rank and Organization: Quarter Gunner, U.S. Navy. Born: 1809, Georgetown,
D.C., Entered Service At: New York, N.Y. G.O. No.: 71, 15 January 1866.
Served on board the U.S.S. Metacomet. As a member of the boat's crew which went to the
rescue of the U.S. monitor Tecumseh when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing
the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, Q. G. Baker braved the enemy fire which was
said by the admiral to be "one of the most galling" he had ever seen, and aided
in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the Tecumseh, eliciting the admiration of both
friend and foe.