California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
WILLIAM BRATTEN BAKER, of the 1st Indiana Cavalry. Civil War
Veteran of Monterey County.
Bratten Baker was born on July 29, 1839 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He
grew up in Evansville, Indiana. When the Civil War began, his father was
commissioned as a Colonel; he also was the first of the 300,000 to
enlist. He enlisted in June of 1861 into the First Indiana Cavalry, his
mustered out date is unknown. Much later after the war, he married Sarah
O. Harding. William B. Baker died on January 16, 1935 and his internment
at the El Encinal Cemetery in Monterey, California. He was
a member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post
#179 based out of the city of Pacific Grove, Ca.
following is a Tribute article from the Monterey Daily Cypress and
obituary from the Monterey Peninsula Herald.
WILLIAM BRATTEN 1839-1935 Monterey, El Encinal Cemetery
of G.A.R. Give Reception and Banquet to Capt. and Mrs. Baker Courtship
Told in Rhyme.
Are Very Popular With Members of Sherman Circle-Congratulations Extended
at Reception to Happy Couple
interesting open meeting and reception of Sherman Circle No. 41, Ladies
of the G.A.R. followed by a banquet, was given in honor of the late
treasurer, S.O. Harding, who is now the wife of Comrade Captain W.B.
Baker of the First Indiana Cavalry, the Twenty eight Regiment of the
Civil War Veterans.
The bride’s desk was appropriately decked with flowers and she
becomingly arrayed in white, and the groom showed himself a hero when in
a few words he thanked all those sisters for their beautiful gift of
sterling silver spoons, supported only by another comrade, Brother
Christiansen of the Ninety fifth New York.
He also made a short speech.
Parlington made the presentation speech
French gave them kind wishes and a reminder that the spoons should
always keep them “spoony” to ward each other
but not least Sherman Circle’s poet, Sister Cleveland, read the
following original lines:
Article for lengthy poem)
Herald Jan 17, 1935
Herald Jan 17, 1935
William B. Baker, 95 year old Civil War veteran, died suddenly last
evening at his home on McClellan street, new Monterey.
Although not in the best of health, his general physical
condition had been good and his mind clear and alert, so that the end
T.J. Barkle will conduct the funeral services at 10 o’clock tomorrow
morning in the Paul mortuary chapel, followed by cremation at Santa
Baker, who celebrated his 95th birthday last July 29, was born in
Gettysburg, Penn., and accompanied his family to Indiana in 1841, to
grow up in Evansville, only about 35 miles from where Lincoln lived for
a long time, and where Lincoln’s mother lies buried.
father was commissioned a colonel in the Union army at the outbreak of
the Civil war and the son was among the first to enlist, being one of
the original 300,000 men mustered into the Union army in June of 1861.
came to California in 1872.
For 28 years he lived in San Jose, coming to Pacific Grove in
Since 1900 he has divided his time between Monterey and his Big
Sur ranch home where has maintained his legal residence.
Herald January 18, 1835
honors were accorded Captain William B. Baker when funeral services were
held this morning at the Paul Mortuary chapel.
The 95 year old Civil War veteran died Wednesday evening at his
McClellan street home in New Monterey.
of the G.A.R. were in charge of the services, assisted by the Rev. T. J.
Soldiers from the Presidio served as pallbearers and two buglers
sounded “Taps” at the conclusion of the service.
relatives of Captain Baker include the following:
A brother, Albert Baker, and a half brother, Thad Baker, both of
Indianapolis; a half-sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson of Jacksonville
Florida, six nieces, Miss Gertrude Baker and Miss Rosemary Baker both of
Indianapolis; Mrs. Nellie Dallam of Bridgeport, Conn.; Mrs. Leroy Witter
of Alexandria LA; Miss Ella Lister and Mrs. Elsie Mayer, both of
Chicago; a stepson, William B. Harding of Riverbank, Calif.; a
stepgrandson, Vernal Harding and step-granddaughter, Mrs. Ozetta Watson
both of Modesto.