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Baker or Backar - A deceased Louisiana war veteran needs your help.

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Baker or Backar - A deceased Louisiana war veteran needs your help.

Posted: 1347613733000
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Surnames: Baker
A deceased Louisiana war veteran needs your help.

I have been working to acquire a free bronze memorial plaque from the American Veterans Administration for Mr. Frederick Charles Baker, also recorded as “Fridirick Backar”, “Fredrick Backar”, and “Fridrich Backar/Backer” was born in 1849, in Prussia, Germany; as is listed in one Australian German website under the name of ‘Bakar’.
He was a Northern Territory Australian American Civil War veteran, whose gravesite remains unmarked; but after 10 years the American Veterans Administration in the United States have "changed" the rules. They will no longer accept a request from a cemetery, but 'now' demand acknowledgement from a descendant to act on their behalf.

Frederick Charles Baker, was an old American Civil War soldier and it is believed that Frederick Baker after migrating to the United States, enlisted in the 2nd Louisiana Infantry and was mustered into Company “H” from December 31, 1862 until February 28, 1863; spending much extra time detailed with Major Waller, assigned to the Confederate States Shoe Department in Richmond, Virginia.

After being discharged Frederick Charles Baker migrated to Australia seeking his fortune. There Baker was married to a lady named Isabella Maud and they had a son. Frederick Charles Baker’s son, Frederick Daniel, was born September 20, 1920, later became a Petty Officer in the Royal Australian Navy aboard the H.M.A.S. Melville; and died at 22 years of age on November 10, 1942.

While Frederick Baker was digging for tin, silver and gold on the Umbrawarra tin field in Northern Territory, about 190km south-southeast of Darwin and 90 kilometres north of Katherine, an epidemic of yellow fever broke out on the Umbrawarra tin field, and being a recent arrival at Umbrawarra in Northern Territory in 1909, he did not wanting to depart the diggings and therefore did not go for treatment when he fell ill with the fever; only deciding to go into the settlement of Pine Creek for treatment when he was so ill he became unable to work; , dying of yellow fever at 68 years of age at 11;25 AM on a Wednesday morning, July 28, 1909, at the Pine Creek Courthouse in Pine Creek, Northern Territory.

Frederick Baker was buried in the Pine Creek Cemetery in Pine Creek, Northern Territory, Australia; without a headstone.

If anyone knows of ”any” descendant of Mr. Frederick Baker, also recorded as “Fridirick Backar”, “Fredrick Backar”, and “Fridrich Backar/Backer”, they are asked to please contact James Gray immediately; at, phone 07 3801 3400 or by post at 11 Corndale Street, Loganholme, Qld., Au., 4129.

If you can find one of his descendants, we can move forward with acquiring a free marker for this Australian veterans gravesite.


James M. Gray, Cmdr.
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc
SCV Camp 2160, Australia

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