Descendants of Union and Confederate Veterans met on Sunday, October 23 at the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle that claimed the life of Oregon Sen. Edward D. Baker on October 21, 1861.This was the day after the re-enactment on Ball's Bluff that took place on October 22, 2011. 

 A small crowd of onlookers gathered on a perfect autumn afternoon and watched as members of the Baker Camp of the Oregon Sons of Union Veterans and the Clinton Hatcher Camp of the Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans placed wreaths on the battlefield monuments to Baker and Hatcher who were killed in the fight. Andrew Fletcher placed a wreath from the Baker Camp at the Baker Monument James A. Morgan, author of the book A Little Short of Boats: The Fight at Ball’s Bluff spoke on the history of the Baker monument and Ken Fleming of the Sons of Confederate Veterans did the same for the Hatcher memorial.

Randy Fletcher of the Baker Camp presented an engrossed copy of Oregon Senate Bill 809, the law commemorating Baker’s 200th birthday, to Bill Wilkin of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable and George Tabb of the Ball’s Bluff Regional Park. SUVCW members from the Department of the Chesa-peake were in attendance and the Potomac Guard provided a musket salute after which Taps was sounded by Michael Paquette.
Reprinted with permission of the editor of the Union Volunteer