Have you seen this?
Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia
MUSTER ROLL OF *COMPANY I, 34th REGIMENT
GEORGIA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
ARMY OF TENNESSEE
C. S. A.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, GEORGIA
Baird, Russell J. - private May 12, 1862. Deserted. Apprehended as a deserter and conveyed to Camp of Instruction, at Decatur, Ga., June 29,1863. No later record.
The June date would put the 34th in the Vicksburg Siege time line so he must have deserted before the 34th was locked up in Vicksburg.
Gary D. Bray