NW Historical Perspectives and Events is coordinating the October 150th Anniversary tribute in observance of the tragic battlefield death of Oregon's Second US Senator, Edward Dickinson Baker, who died at Ball's Bluff on October 21, 1861. Senator Edward Baker, held the rank of Colonel as he led his men in battle with the Confederate troops at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, when he was killed by a sniper's bullet. In accordance with the nationwide Civil War Sesquicentennial; the state of Oregon is honoring the memory of our great Senator, who died while defending the Union.

The Oregon Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has joined with the Virginia Civil War 150th group putting on the 150th re-enactment of the Battle of Ball's Bluff in Virginia  to stage a coast-to-coast commemoration of the soldiers who became casualties at this battle. Those who died in battle (like Colonel Edward D. Baker), who were wounded (like Lt Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and captured prisoners of war will be honored in separate ceremonies occuring simultaneously on opposite sides of the continent.  The main ceremony will take place at the Ball's Bluff National Battlefield and Cemetery, another commemorative cemetery will take place on the Pacific Coast in two cities in Oregon. The first tribute will take place in Salem, at one of the sites where Senator Baker gave one of his "stump speeches" to a large audience over 150 years ago on the afternoon of October 21, 2011. The second commemoration will take place in Portland at the Civil War monument in a pioneer cemetery where over 250 Civil War veterans are buried

Both states are mounting  a monumental event to memorialize what historians considered the second largest battle of the Civil War's Eastern theater in 1861, and whose repercussions damaged the military careers of several officers.