William P. Baxter was a resident of Hartford on February 20, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. F of the 12th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; on November 26, 1864, he was transferred to Co. F of 12th Battalion Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and he was discharged on February 20, 1865, time expired.
He was born on February 20, 1832 in Connecticut. After the Civil War, he was living in Tolland by the date of the 1870 U.S. census and working as a farm laborer. William Baxter married Clarissa ______ before 1870 and they moved to Willington, Connecticut by 1880; he was a farmer in Willington.
On February 1, 1878, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 247,908 that was granted under Certificate No. 188,110. According to the list of pensioners on the roll in 1883, he was receiving $6 per month for a gunshot wound in the right leg, injury to the left leg and chronic diarrhea.
William Baxter died on July 4, 1911 and is buried at the New Storrs Cemetery in Mansfield.