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Senator Edward Baker, ca. 1861

Senator Edward Baker, ca. 1861

Senator Edward Baker vehemently argued for aggressive military action against the South just after the war’s beginning in spring 1861. He perished at Ball’s Bluff just 40 miles away from Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River.

E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm), Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress