Oregon Civil War 150th Anniversary Commission and NW Historical Perspectives and Events is holding a Sesquicentennial Tribute to honor Oregon's 2nd Senator Edward Dickinson Baker in Salem, exactly 150 years ago on the date of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, Virginia.
During the Civil War Sesquicentennial, on October 21, 2011, on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, VA...the states of Virginia and Oregon are uniting to hold coast-to-coast ceremonies honoring the fallen soldiers at Ball's Bluff and the tragic death of Col. Edward D. Baker, Oregon's 2nd US Senator and the only sitting Senate member to die in battle.This is the official website for all observances and events.
SALEM AND PORTLAND, OR, BASED EVENTS
Oregon US Senator and Brigadier General Edward Dickinson Baker
February 24, 1811 - October 21, 1861
OFFICIAL OREGON CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL TRIBUTE PROGRAM FOR SENATOR EDWARD BAKER
OCT 21 , OCT 22, and 23, 2011
IN SALEM and PORTLAND, Oregon
and in LEESBURG, Virginia
Friday, October 21, 2011 : COMMEMORATION OF THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF DEATH OF OREGON SENATOR EDWARD DICKINSON BAKER AT THE BATTLE OF BALL'S BLUFF NEAR LEESBURG, VA.. The solemn observance will take place in Salem at the main public library located at 585 Liberty Street, SE, starting at 1:30pm, the exact time when Colonel Baker was killed by the enemy. This event was scheduled in Salem because E.D. Baker and his family are listed on the 1860 census as residents of Salem.Part one of a two-day commemoration. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 22, 2011 DAY TWO: OF A TW0-PART OBSERVANCE OF SENATOR BAKER'S DEATH 150 YEARS AGO AT BALL'S BLUFF, VIRGINIA. This will take place at Portland's Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, located at SE 24th and Morrison. Noon.
ACTUAL EVENT AT BALL'S BLUFF
Sunday, October 23, 2011. LEESBURG, Virginia EVENT. "A CEREMONY HONORING SENATOR EDWARD D. BAKER and the 150th Anniversary of his Valiant Death at the Battle of Ball's Bluff." Organized by the Colonel Edward D. Baker Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Brother Randol Fletcher, the ceremony will include a talk by Civil War Historian James A. Morgan, who is the author of A Little Short of Boats:the Fights of Ball's Bluff and Edward's Ferry; the Laying of a wreath, a musket salute, the playing of "Taps" and comments by Randy Fletcher, author of an informative new book: "The Hidden History of Civil War Oregon." 12:30pm EST, at the Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, in Leesburg, Virginia.
RANDOL FLETCHER and the Sons of Union Veterans ORGANIZE A SPECIAL EVENT AT THE BALL'S BLUFF BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK
NEAR LEESBURG, VIRGINIA
Oregonians and Virginians to meet at Ball's Bluff to honor, in person, the herorism and personal sacrifices of Oregon Senator Edward Baker and of the soldiers who gave their lives on the battlefield that October afternoon 150 years ago. Credit for organizing this commemorative event goes to the Col. Edward D. Baker Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of Oregon, and to Brother Randy Fletcher.
LEESBURG, VIRGINIA BASED EVENTS
HOW VIRGINIA IS HONORING THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BALL'S BLUFF, AND THE BATTLEFIELD DEATH OF COLONEL EDWARD D. BAKER
LEESBURG, VA. – On October 20-23, 2011, Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park and Morven Park will remember the 150th anniversary of one of the most significant Civil War battles in Loudoun County.
Although the Battle of Ball’s Bluff was a relatively small engagement without major casualties, the outcome of the battle had greater ramifications. In fact, if not for a series of misunderstandings and miscommunications, the battle would likely not have happened at all. However, the death of the only U.S. Senator ever to be killed in battle (Col. Edward Baker of Oregon) as well as a great disparity in casualties on the two sides resulted in an investigative review by Congress. Their findings led to the establishment of the Congressional Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, an action that some scholars believe led Union leaders to second-guess decisions throughout the remainder of the war.
Leading up the commemorative events, Morven Park will host a special exhibit of Civil War artifacts, on display in the Gov. Davis mansion. “Remembering Ball’s Bluff” will be open Oct. 8-30, seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
For the kick-off the official commemorative weekend, on Thursday, Oct. 20, the public is invited to a panel discussion featuring three authors/historians who have specific expertise regarding this particular Civil War battle. The public is invited to hear and meet the panelists: Jim Morgan, author of the book “A Little Short of Boats: The Fights at Ball’s Bluff and Edward’s Ferry;” Stevan F. Meserve, author of the book “The Civil War in Loudoun County, Virginia;” Robert Greenwalt, historical novelist and author of “1861: A Time for Glory;” and George Tabb, manager of the Ball’s Bluff Regional Park.
On Oct. 21, the 150th anniversary of the actual battle, up to 1,000 combined Union and Confederate reenactors will arrive at Morven Park in Leesburg, about a quarter mile from the battle site. Over the following two days, Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, the public is invited to meet and learn about the Civil War from the encamped soldiers. Visitors will witness marching demonstrations, learn about what life was like for soldiers, and visit the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, a unique exhibit housed in a 53-foot tractor-trailer that illustrates viewpoints of soldiers, civilians, and slaves who experienced the War within Virginia’s borders.
On Saturday, spectators can watch the troops prepare for battle and begin their march to the nearby battle site, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tickets to the battle itself are limited, and must be purchased in advance. Spectators with reenactment tickets will be shuttled to the Ball’s Bluff historic site, where the reenactment will begin at 2 p.m., lasting about one hour.
From 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., visitors at Morven Park will have another opportunity to spend time with the regiments, watching troops prepare a campfire-cooked dinner and enjoying evening entertainment of music and plays.
On Sunday, the public again can visit the encampments at Morven Park and watch a reenactment of a skirmish that took place in Dranesville. Admission to Morven Park activities on either day is $5, with tickets available both in advance and at the gate. Access will be from Route 15, just north of the business/bypass split. Tickets to the reenactment also are $5 but will only be sold online. Reenactment ticket holders will have access to all of the Morven Park daytime activities, as well. The Saturday evening event requires an additional ticket purchase of $25. All tickets are available at www.MorvenPark.org or www.150thballsbluff.com
written and designed by KC Piccard with the assistance of her husband, Frank Krone