New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 27, 1878|
Joseph married Sarah Elizabeth Dennis, a native of England, in Jefferson County, New York on 10 Sept 1844. Elizabeth came to the United States from England when she was 18 years of age. Joseph and Elizabeth lived in DeKalb County, Illinois, where daughter Mary was born in 1848. They were living in Floyd County, Iowa, when son Albert was born in 1855 and son Grant Joseph was born in 1864.
Joseph died in Floyd County in 1878 at the age of 61 years.
After the death of Joseph, Sarah Elizabeth married John Van Buren Smith. When he died she made her home in Hubbard County, Minnesota where she died at the age of 90 years.
Joseph L. Baker was in his early 40s, and living in Marble Rock, Floyd Co., Iowa, when he first enlisted as a Private in Co. B of the 7th Iowa Infantry on July 8, 1861. He was mustered into federal service on July 24, 1861. Baker was discharged from the 7th Iowa Infantry on Nov 25, 1861, after his initial enlistment had expired.
Baker later reenlisted on Jan 27, 1864, as a Private, but this time in Co. H of the 4th Iowa Cavalry, and was again mustered into federal service a day later.
Baker was captured on Dec 26, 1864, near Okolona, Arkansas, while taking part in a raid from Memphis to Vicksburg (the date is sometimes erroneously reported as Dec 16th).
As a POW, Baker was confined at the notorious camp at Andersonville, Georgia. He was later mustered out of the service on June 16, 1865, at Clinton, Iowa, under telegraphic order of the War Dept., A.G.O., dated May 12, 1865, as a "paroled prisoner of war on furlough."
Elizabeth Dennis Smith (1822 - 1912)*
Co H 4th Ia Cav. G.A.R.
Created by: Bob Hoy
Record added: Nov 01, 2006
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