My name is Sean Baker and I honored to announce the beginning of my involvement on this great project, Finding the Maryland 400. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a master’s degree in Public History, and from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in History. I am excited to work with Project Director Owen Lourie, and continue the excellent work conducted by previous interns Jeff Truitt, Daniel Blattau, Emily Huebner, and Taira Sullivan. While considerable work has been completed on this project, there is still much left to do and I look forward to uncovering the lives of the men that played such a critical role in the American Revolution.
This project marks my first time conducting in depth research on the Revolutionary War, but is not my first exposure to the story of the Maryland 400. I previously resided in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, living on the very ground where the men of the First Maryland Regiment fought and died. Working on this project also continues my specialization and interest in American Military History. Previously I volunteered for the Mississippi State Archives researching the Siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War, and creating content and activities for Mississippi teachers to use in lesson plans about the siege. In the summer of 2012 I worked for the Marine Corps History Division researching Marine Corps topics and developing historical narratives and other supplementary material for publication on their website.
I would like to thank the Maryland Society, Sons of the American Revolution for providing funds to this project and making this position possible. I am excited by the opportunity to work on this project. I am looking forward to conducting original research and finding out more about the men of the Maryland 400. In addition to writing biographies about the men of the Maryland 400, I will also be updating the blog, informing you of my progress, and highlighting important events and information about the First Maryland Regiment during the Revolutionary War.