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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

BAKER, ABRAM (1844-1929)

American Civil War Research Database, Historical Data Systems

Headstone of Abram Baker
Abram Baker
IOOF Cemetery in Santa Cruz

Abram Baker's residence was listed as Westport MA and he was described as being an 18 year-old Clerk. Enlisted on September 18, 1862 as a Private. On September 23, 1862 he mustered into "C" Co. MA 3rd Infantry. He was Mustered Out on June 26, 1863 at Camp Hooker, Lakeville, MA.

On July 21, 1864 he mustered into "D" Co. MA 60th Infantry He was Mustered Out on November 30, 1864 at Indianapolis, IN.


Under the call of August 4, 1862, for 300,000 militia for nine months, 19,080 being the number assigned to the quota of Massachusetts, the 3d Regt. Again volunteered for duty and was sent to Camp Joe Hooker at Lakeville, Mass., to recruit to war strength. Eight companies were mustered into the service on the 23d of September and the remaining two on the 26th. Destined for duty in the department of North Carolina, the regiment embarked on the 22d of October and reached Beauport on the 26th, the same day as the 5th Regt., and proceeded by rail to Newbern. It was not very actively engaged until December 11, when it started on the Goldsboro expedition, which occupied eleven days. Present at Kinston, Whitehall, and Goldsboro, the regiment suffered only slight loss, being little engaged. On January 26, 1863 it moved to Camp Jordan near Fort Totten on the defenses of Newbern. After having been engaged in several minor expeditions, one for the relief of Washington, N. C., in June, its term of service having expired, it was ordered to Massachusetts. Embarking on the 11th of the month, on the 16th it arrived in Boston, and was mustered out at its old rendezvous, Camp Joe Hooker, Lakeville, Mass., June 26.


The 60th Regt. Mass. Vol. Mill was one of the five-militia regiments organized in the summer of 1864 for one hundred days service. It was organized at Camp Meigs, Readville, Mass. and left for duty August 1, 1864, arriving at Baltimore, Md., the following day. After a week spent at Relay House, and another at Carroll Hill, near the city, the regiment was ordered to Indianapolis, Ind., where danger was apprehended from disloyal secret organizations. It was quartered first at Camp Carrington and later at Burnside Barracks. While here, among other duties it furnished details to guard a stockade containing 5000 Confederate prisoners. The 60th remained in or near Indianapolis during the remainder of its term of service, being mustered out Nov. 30, 1864. Before leaving Indianapolis Colonel Wass received from Governor Morton of Indiana a letter commending the regiment for its good deportment and efficient service.

Santa Cruz Evening News (April 16, 1929)

Aptos Resident 40 Years Abram Baker Passes

Abram M Baker, a native of New York, aged 84 years passed away at his home at 134 Cayuga street Sunday. He was a resident of Aptos for 40 years, having resided in Santa Cruz the past 9 years. Mr. Baker was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in the 3rd and 60th Massachusetts regiments. He was a pioneer railroad man, having been present when the last spike was driven at Omaha when the continental railroad was completed. He was a construction foreman when the Santa Cruz Watsonville railroad was built.

He is survived by a wife Rose, a son Harry, and a granddaughter Dorothy. The funeral will be conducted from the Chase mortuary Wednesday at 2 P.M.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (April 16, 1929)

Abraham Baker, Aptos Pioneer Died on Sunday

Aptos, April 15. Abraham Baker, a pioneer resident and a veteran of the civil war, passed away at his Santa Cruz home at the hour of 5. He had been more or less ill for a long period, but the critical condition was only reached during the past week.

As a soldier, Mr. Baker served his country in the Third and 60th Massachusetts regiments. He was also one of the pioneer builders of railroads, and was on the scene of action at Omaha when the great railroad connecting east and west was completed. He was one of the construction foremen on the Santa Cruz Watsonville railroad, and it was at this period that he married Rose Cox of the San Andreas district. They established their first home in Washington, returning later to Aptos where for 40 years he conducted a large farm in north Aptos. Nine years ago he retired and established a home in Santa Cruz, convenient to his Aptos holdings.

During his long illness he has received the care of his faithful companion, and his children, Mr. and Mrs. H. Baker. He was a native of New York City, aged 84 years, and is survived by his bereaved widow. Rose; son Harry, and Grand children Dorothy and Edith.

The funeral services will be conducted from the Chase undertaking parlors Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with interment at the Soquel cemetery.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (April 18, 1929)

Services For Abraham Baker

Impressive funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for Abraham Baker, a pioneer resident, at the chapel of Chase's mortuary. Many friends were present and the casket was surrounded by the loveliest of flower. His Pastor, Rev. W.B. Pearson of the First Baptist church, conducted the services and Mrs. Abra Budsworth and Ms. Mary Croop sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Looking This Way". The burial was at the Soquel cemetery.

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