Augustine Schmidt was born in 1821 in Baden, Germany. He immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Demopolis, Alabama. He was a tailor by profession. During the Civil War he saw brief service in a local company. Schmidt was a charter member of the Eagle Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, founded in 1870. This was the first fire company in Demopolis. He died in May of 1882, and is buried in Demopolis. His obituary appeared in the Marengo News-Journal on
3 June 1882.