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Edward Dickinson Baker
Birth: Feb. 24, 1811
City of London
Greater London, England
Death: Oct. 21, 1861
Loudoun County
Virginia, USA

Civil War Union Major General, US Senator. He was Abe Lincoln's best friend and Lincoln named one of his children after him. Baker was born in London England in 1811. He moved to the US with his parents as a child. He lived in Springfield Illinois where he met Lincoln and served as law partners. He served in congress and formed his own regiment in Illinois and saw action in Mexico fighting with Winfield Scott in 1849. He later was instrumental in keeping the western states free from slavery and helped Lincoln become President in 1861. He rode with Lincoln to the inaugural and introduced Lincoln to the podium for his inaugural speech. He became Senator of Oregon and when the South fired on Fort Summter He formed the California Regiment in New York City. Other regiments were placed in his Brigade and it became known as Baker's Brigade; most men were from Penn. Some of these regiments later evolved into the Penn 71st, and the Irish 69th; both were later instrumental in stopping Pickett's men at Gettysburg on July 3. Baker, however was killed earlier in the war at the battle of Ball's Bluff, Oct 21, 1861. Baker led the Union forces in the field and after being shot and killed, his men lost their spirit and retreated in a disorderly, mob fashion. it turned into one of the Union's greatest war time debacles. It was a small battle but it was a terrible blow for the Union and had dreadful results for the Union Army leadership. 
Family links: 
  Lucy Dickerson Baker (1783 - 1862)
  Mary Ann Faust Baker (____ - 1871)*
  Edward Dickinson Baker (____ - 1883)*
  Lucy S Baker Hopkins (1833 - 1914)*
  Caroline Baker Stevens (1834 - 1902)*
  Edward Dickinson Baker (1811 - 1861)
  Alfred C Baker (1813 - 1895)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Casualty of war
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Plot: OSD Section, Plot 488
GPS (lat/lon): 37.79852, -122.4659
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jul 25, 2001
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In memory of the commander of the California Regiment (71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry)
- Jim McDonald
 Added: Oct. 21, 2015

- Joseph M.Petri
 Added: Mar. 14, 2015
Commemorating your 204th birthday, Senator Baker with a pilgrimage by the founders of the Oregon Civil War 150 to your namesake Baker City in Baker County, Oregon. There, on the eve of your birthday, we had a wreath-laying ceremony, read from a book of yo...(Read more)
- Oregon Civil War 150th
 Added: Feb. 27, 2015
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