JAMES R. BAUGASS, Co. B 24th Texas Cavalry





JAMES R. BAUGASS


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James R. Baugass (or Bauguss) was the son of Vincent Baugass and Lily Young. He was born in Tennessee and was enumerated in Shelby County with his parents, in the 1850 census.

James appears to have arrived in Montgomery County in late 1860, and he rendered his taxables the next year. His name is found on the 1861 tax list. He owned a horse worth $50, and other personal property worth $50.

Whether or not James was married is not known.


J. R. Baugass joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen of the 17th Brigade, Texas State Troops, in Danville, Montgomery County, some time after the muster roll of September, 1861, and appears on the muster roll for February 14, 1862.

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On March 28, 1862, J. R. Baugass was enlisted in the Second Texas Lancers by John E. George, at Danville. He was twenty-seven years of age and would travel fifty miles to rendezvous. He rode to Camp Carter at Hempstead and was mustered in on April 28th. There he trained as a cavalryman, and his company was attached to the Second Lancers as Company B. He was a private. The Second Lancers would later become the 24th Regiment, Texas Cavalry.

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J. R. was counted present on the muster rolls of April 30 at Camp Carter, August 31 at Camp Holmes, Arkansas, and in October at Ft. Hindman at Arkansas Post. On the October muster it was reported that he had been elected First Corporal of the company.

He fought in the battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863, and was captured by Union troops and transported to prison at Camp Butler, Illinois.

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He is listed on the Prisoner of War rolls as J. R. Boggets.

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J. R. died in prison at Camp Butler, probably of chronic diarrhea or small pox, diseases which felled a number of our men. He was among seven members of Company B who died in the prison. The date of his death was March 26, 1863, nearly a year to the day after his enlistment.

J. R. Baugass' marker at the Camp Butler National Cemetery, confusingly, is inscribed with the name of I. J. Burgess, who is actually buried in Grave #765.

Thank you to Gene Schnierle of Illinois, who made a special trip to photograph this stone for us.
See his other photos at Twenty-Fourth Regiment Texas Cavalry Burials at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

We know that James's father, mother, brothers and sisters migrated to Montgomery County, Texas, in about 1866. There are many descendants of this Baugass family in the area.

We feel sure J. R. was at least related to another soldier in Company B, or had some connection to the men in his unit. If you have any information on this soldier, please share with us.


The above information was taken from the Compiled Service Records, which are on file at the National Archives, and were accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro, Texas.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.


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