On Friday, October 21, 2011; the Oregon Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is observing the 150th Anniversary of the death of Oregon United States Senator Edward Dickinson Baker with two comememorative ceremonies to he held in Oregon. Colonel E.D. Baker died 150 years ago in the Civil War battle of Ball's Bluff, Virginia on that date. He was an intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln and the only sitting member of the Senate to die in battle.
The two Oregon-based E.D. Baker memorial events will start with the Friday, October 21, 2011 memorial being held in Salem, Oregon, and starting at 1:30pm (the exact hour when Senator Baker was killed) at the Salem Public Library located at 585 Liberty Street SE. The second event will take place on Saturday, October 22 at Portland's Lone Fir Cemetery located at South East 24th and Morrison Street. The program begins at noon. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact NW Historical Perspectives at (503)303-8426.