BAKER, CHARLES W. (1832 ~ 1914). Charles Baker, a private in the Confederate Army, was born in Georgia. There are some discrepancies when it comes to the year in which he was born. The Confederate Home Roster lists his birth year as 1832, at the time he applied for a Confederate Pension he listed his age as 70, which would have made his birth year 1837. His death certificate says he was born in 1842.
Baker moved to Texas in 1859, and enlisted in Company H or F (records are conflicting), of the 5th Texas Cavalry, also known as the 5th Mounted Volunteers, in Carthage, Texas in 1863. He served until his company was disbanded shortly before the war ended in 1865.
There are many unknowns when it comes to Baker's life. He was married at some point, but it is not believed the couple had any children. When he entered the Confederate Men's Home on January 14, 1913 he was a widower and listed his only correspondent as his niece, a Miss G.D. Scarbough, who lived in Waco, Texas. His residence prior to entering the Home, was Ft. Worth, Texas. He listed his occupation as a farmer and his religious preference as Baptist.
Charles Baker died June 27, 1914 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Information from Confederate Home Roster, Confederate Pension Application, death certificate, and the National Park Service website at itd.nps.gov.