Edward Dickinson Baker was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln beginning with their time together in Illinois. Lincoln named his second son, Edward Baker Lincoln, after his good friend. In 1860, he was elected as a U.S. Senator from Oregon. When the Civil War broke out Baker chose to serve in the Union Army while keeping his seat in the U.S. Senate. Baker was killed on October 21, 1861, while leading a Union Army regiment at the Battle of Balls Bluff. He is the only sitting U.S. Senator ever to be killed in a military engagement. In August of 1861, he said, I am certain I shall not live through this war, and if my troops should show any want of resolution, I shall fall in the first battle. I cannot afford, after my career in Mexico, and as a Senator of the United States, to turn my face from the enemy.
This Edward Dickinson Baker mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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