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Augustus Lee "Gus" Baker
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1833
Washington County
Georgia, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 1910
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

2nd Lieut. MTD Rifles
Texas Militia
Confederate States Army
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Augustus Lee Baker is my 2nd great-granduncle and one of my favorite old relatives I never met. [RB]

Augustus(Gus) Lee Baker was born in Washington County, Georgia, on September 29, 1833, to Thomas Harrison Baker and Anna Marie Mills. In 1850 he was living on his father's farm in Washington County, GA, along with 5 of his siblings; Gus was 16 years old and a farmer.

Gus, his parents, and most of the family moved to Texas in the early 1850s. In May of 1859, Gus married Martha Lee Andrews in Columbus County, Texas. They had been married less than a year when Martha died of Typhoid Fever in March of 1860, after a three month illness. During this time Gus was living in the home of his older brother, William Mills Baker and his 1st wife Alafair S. Tennille.

In 1860, Gus was still in the home of William M. Baker in Columbus County; both men were in the mercantile business in Columbus. During the Civil War Gus fought with the C.S.A. during the years 1861 to 1864 (details later).

On September 9, 1862, Gus married Amanda M. Walker in Colorado County, TX. Amanda was born in Mississippi to Dr. Jeremiah Glenn Walker and Amanda M. Dye. Augustus Lee and Amanda Walker had six known children together:
Glenn Augustus -1863
Eugene Harrison - 1864
Willie Ann - 1867
Thomas Blake - 1870
Mary Perry - 1876
Clyde George - 1879

In July, 1870, Gus was a merchant in Guadalupe County, TX. He owned $8,000 of real estate and $1,000 of personal property. There were 2 children in the home.

In June, 1880, Gus, now 48, was a grocer in Seguin, TX. There were 5 children, ages 11 months to 14 years old.

February 1, 1890, Amanda M. Walker, Gus' 2nd wife, died in Seguin, TX. She is buried in San Geronimo Cemetery.

June 16, 1896, Augustus Lee Baker married his 3rd wife, Julia Ann Bowman Price - widow of Larkin F. Price, in Bexar County, TX.

As of June, 1900, Gus and Julia were living in a house on W. Austin Street in Seguin, along with his daughters Willie and Perry.

Augustus Lee Baker died in San Antonio, TX, on March 8, 1910.
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Excerpts from his obit in the Seguin Enterprise:

"On Tuesday evening while Mr. A.L. Baker was talking with a customer in San Antonio he fell suddenly forward and in a short time was pronounced dead. Although 76 years old, Mr. Baker was still in the tailoring business and was taking an order for a suit of clothes when the attack of heart trouble seized him. ... For a number years he was the leading merchant of Seguin. He was a member of the Albert Sidney Johnson Camp of Confederate Veterans and one of the ancient of the Odd Fellows holding both the 25 and 50 year medals. ..."
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Few soldiers traveled as far, fought as hard, or suffered as much as the men of the Sibley Brigade. During the Civil War, the brigade traveled about 8,500 miles and fought in 16 major battles and 54 skirmishes, from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico Territory to the bayous of Louisiana and the banks of the Mississippi River. The most excruciating experience of the men was the disastrous and ill-fated 1861-1862 New Mexico Campaign, an attempt to seize the New Mexico Territory for the Confederacy.

Augustus Lee Baker enrolled in Company A, 5th Texas Calvery, Sibley Brigade on August 17, 1861 at Columbus. He was severely wounded February 21, 1862 during the battle of Valverde and left at the Socorro hospital on February 27, 1862. There he was taken prisoner on April 1, paroled at Fort Craig three weeks later, and sent to Mesilla. During the battle of Valverde, Company A, 5th Regiment, had the 2nd highest casualty count - 28% of the men were killed or wounded, exceeded only by Company B who lost 29%.

Gus was captured near Yellow Bayou, May 18, 1864 and transferred from New Orleans, LA, and exchanged at Red River Landing on July 22, 1864.

(Recommended reading, "Civil War in the Southwest" by Jerry Thompson) - [RB]
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Family links: 
 Parents:
  Thomas Harrison Baker (1806 - 1863)
  Anna Marie Mills Baker (1809 - 1860)
 
 Spouses:
  Julia Ann Bowman Baker (1853 - 1935)
  Amanda M. Walker Baker (1841 - 1890)*
 
 Children:
  Glenn Augustus Baker (1863 - 1866)*
  Willie Ann Baker (1870 - 1946)*
  Thomas Blake Baker (1870 - 1911)*
  Charles E Baker (1871 - 1911)*
  Mary Perry Baker (1874 - 1948)*
  Clyde George Baker (1879 - 1931)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary W. Perry (1827 - 1918)**
  Jonathan Green Baker (1828 - 1852)*
  Joseph Harrison Baker (1830 - 1913)*
  William Mills Baker (1831 - 1884)*
  Augustus Lee Baker (1833 - 1910)
  Sarah Ann Baker (1837 - 1921)*
  Martha Washington Baker House (1840 - 1934)*
  George Washington Lafayette Baker (1844 - 1902)*
  Blake Baker (1850 - 1870)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Confederate Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sect. 3 Lot 63
 
Maintained by: The Texas Okie
Originally Created by: Katy
Record added: Apr 28, 2009
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Augustus Lee Gus Baker
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Augustus Lee Gus Baker
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