Browsing Archive: October, 2011

Ball's Bluff--The Civil War Comes Home to Massachusetts and an eyewitness to the death of Colonel Edward Baker

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Friday, October 28, 2011, In : Civil War 150th event 

The Massachusetts Historical Society is currently featuring an excellent exhibit that pertains to the aftermath of the Battle of Ball's Bluff and the death of Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker. In the exhibit entitled "Ball's Bluff--The Civil War Comes Home to Massachusetts", the October 22, 1861 letter to home written by Captain Caspar Crowninshield of Company D, of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry reveals the horrors of that engagement, from the viewpoint of a young officer who was standing les...


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Aftermath of Ball's Bluff, preliminary reports and assessments of the Union Loss

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, In : Oregon's second United States Senator 

     Thanks to the widespread use of the telegraph on the east coast, and despite initial governmental attempts to censure the news coming out of Leesburg, Virginia,  the facts about the disastrous Union defeat at Ball's Bluff, the death of Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker, and partial casualty lists spread quickly.  The New York Times for Friday, October 25, 1861 ran the sub-headline "Repulse of the Union Forces-Heavy Loss- Gallant Conduct of the Men" and commented that the  "...Destruction of...


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The Ball's Bluff Battlefield...after 150 years became the stage for a re-enactment of the actual Civil War engagement

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Civil War 150th event 
     While Oregonians  held a quiet memorial service on Friday, October 21, honoring the life and battlefield death of Colonel and Senator Edward Dickinson Baker in the state capitol of Salem, with the event taking place at the very moment of Senator Baker's untimate sacrifice 150 years ago...an assemblage of dedicated military re-enactors were arriving that Friday in Leesburg, Virginia  to prepare for the battle re-enactment on Saturday, October 22. 

     2000 spectators attended Saturday's t...
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Interested Oregonians helped to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the death of Colonel Edward Baker

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Saturday, October 22, 2011, In : Oregon's 22nd Senator 
What a day....both in Oregon and Virginia.  While reenactors on the actual Ball's Bluff battlefield in Virginia, were able to relive the battle where Colonel and Oregon United States Senator Edward Dickinson Baker shed his "hero blood, patriot blood" in defense of the Union, a dedicated group of Oregonians made time in their busy schedules to attend the Oregon Civil War Sesquicentennial's150th Anniversary  memorial to Baker, in the auditorium at the Salem Public Library. It was a solemn, but ...
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Official entry for Oregon United States Edward Dickinson Baker at the U.S. Senate History webpage

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Thursday, October 20, 2011, In : Oregon's 22nd Senator 

                             excerpts  reprinted with the permission of the U.S. Senate Historical Office


"1851-1877

October 21, 1861
Senator Killed in Battle

 

He was a skilled lawyer, a renowned orator, and a member of the president's inner circle. He was also the only United States senator ever to die in a military engagement.

By the 1830s, Edward Dickinson Baker had become one of Illinois' most prominent lawyers and a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. In 1844, he won a seat in ...


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Senator Edward Dickinson Baker, and the 1860 US Federal Census

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Thursday, October 20, 2011, In : Oregon's 22nd Senator 

The United States Census of 1860 was the eighth Census conducted in the United and it captured a more refined picture of the United State's population of 31,443,321...that included in the official enumeration the names of 49-year-old Edward Dickinson Baker, and his household as officially recognized residents of the South Salem Precinct, in Oregon.

According to the official U.S. Census website, "the Eighth Census of the United States was authorized by the previous census May 23, 1850 act. On ...


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A little background on the SUVCW historian, Spencer Leonard

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, In : Civil War 150th event 
First,mea culpa for accidentally transposing the first and last name of the historian, Spencer Leonard. (easy to do when one is reading from a very faded document, but I will make up for it in this blog. Spencer Leonard (1894-1973) was a lifetime member  of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, where he  was posthumously inducted into the GFO Hall of Fame in 1998. Writing about military legend and lore was second nature to him, because of his family's military history. having served himself at th...
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REPRINTING: Oregon SUVCW Department Historian Spencer Leonard's October 1961 writings on the (then) 100th anniversary of the death of Senator Edward D. Baker 1 OF 2 PARTS

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, In : Oregon's 22nd Senator 

My previous blog gave a thumbnail sketch of the Oregon Camps of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and how their work perpetuates the legacy of the Union veterans buried in the state of Oregon. With the internet, of course, members today are kept informed of the special events, volunteer opportunities, member pedigrees and Civil War calendar events through their monthly digital newsletters. Back in 1961; during the Centennial Observance of the American Civil War, the Oregon camps of...


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More historical reporting on Senator Edward Dickinson Baker from the pen of Spencer Leonard

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, In : Oregon's 22nd Senator 
In an earlier blog, we reported on the 50 year old copy of the "Civil War News" that was edited by Spencer Leonard, the erstwhile editor and Department Historian for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War of Oregon and Washington. This vintage newsletter was a four page edition that came out in  October 1961,as  Volume 1, No. 12.  Today's internet generation would see the single-spaced typed and mimeographed pages and  scream "Relic"; whereas I have reverentially leafed through the pages...
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Edward Dickinson Baker, Memory and the Grand Army of the Republic.

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, In : Civil War 150th event 

After the Civil War ended in 1865, armies were disbanded and regiments mustered out of service. Most veterans went back to their farms and the peaceful routine of everyday living took hold.  However,  many Civil War veterans found that four years of the memories of the time they served and the friendships forged with their comrade-in-arms did not readily go away. Nostalgia and the preceived advocacy with strength in numbers impelled these veterans to come together in casual groups, which then...


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How does Oregon commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of its highest ranked Civil War officer and second U.S. Senator, Edward Dickinson Baker? With three memorial events in Oregon and Virginia

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Monday, October 17, 2011, In : Civil War 150th event 

On Friday, October 21, 2011. Oregon is observing the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, and the death of Oregon's second US Senator Edward Dickinson Baker with three ceremonies, one on the east coast, and two in Salem and Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is involved with all three of the events, starting with the Friday, October 21, 2011 memorial event being held in Salem, Oregon at the Salem Public Library located at 585 Liberty Street SE.

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Commemorating the life and achievements of Abigail Scott Duniway on the 96th Anniversary of her death

Posted by K.C. Piccard on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, In : Oregon's 22nd Senator 

With the Oregon women's vote centennial a few months away, and the small commemoration we held today on the 96th Anniversary of the death of Oregonian Abigail Scott Duniway, I just wanted to post a quick blog (part one of a two-part look at the life and time of the remarkable Mrs. Duniway.

In all of the writings and published biographies on the respective lives of Oregon's second U.S. Senator Edward Dickinson Baker, and our state's leading advocate for women's rights: Abigail Scott Duniway, no...


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