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. Breckenridge; Senator Rice, of Minnesota; Chief Justice Taney; Barkesdale, member of Congress from Mississippi, who was later killed in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Stephen A. Douglas; Hon. William Kellogg, of Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Pryor; Doctor Garnett; Senator Judah P. Benjamin; General and Mrs. McClernand; Miss Dunlap, sister of Mrs. McClernand, who married General McClernand after her sister's death in the early sixties; Mr. and Mrs. Foulke, of Illinois; Senator Edward Baker, killed at Ball's Bluff in 1862; Colonel and Mrs. Robert E. Lee; and a host of others were familiar faces at social entertainments. On all occasions wine flowed freely, egg-nog being on every table on New Year's Day. Terrapin was as common as the simple bouillon of to-day, the colored cook who presided in every kitchen knowing better how to prepare terrapin than our most skilful chef. At evening entertainments the guests arrived early and remained until the wee smal hours. T
erefore, is one of continuous watchfulness and activity, and he must have intimate knowledge of details if he would work out grand results. Activity in politics also produces eager competition and sharp rivalry. In 1839 the seat of government was definitely transferred from Vandalia to Springfield, and there soon gathered at the new State capital a group of young men whose varied ability and future success in public service has rarely been excelled-Douglas, Shields, Calhoun, Stuart, Logan, Baker, Treat, Hardin, Trumbull, McClernand, Browning, McDougall, and others. His new surroundings greatly stimulated and reinforced Mr. Lincoln's growing experience and spreading acquaintance, giving him a larger share and wider influence in local and State politics. He became a valued and sagacious adviser in party caucuses, and a power in party conventions. Gradually, also, his gifts as an attractive and persuasive campaign speaker were making themselves felt and appreciated. His remov
Logan Hardin nominated for Congress, 1843 Baker nominated for Congress, 1844 Lincoln nominat marriage: Robert Todd, August 1, 1843; Edward Baker, March 10, 1846; William Wallace, December ivalry. Not only himself, but both Hardin and Baker desired the nomination, which, as the districtppoint delegates to a district convention, and Baker beat me and got the delegation instructed to gst combination of church influence against me. Baker is a Campbellite, and therefore, as I suppose,about fighting a duel. With all these things, Baker of course had nothing to do. Nor do I complaincise his patience. The Campbellite friends of Baker must have again been very active in behalf of Matters stand just as they did when I saw you. Baker is certainly off the track, and I fear Hardin volunteers called for by President Polk, while Baker raised a fourth regiment, which was also acceps killed in the battle of Buena Vista, and Colonel Baker won great distinction in the fighting near[4 more...]
l be nominated neither I nor any one else can tell. Now, let me pray to you in turn. My prayer is that you let nothing discourage or baffle you, but that, in spite of every difficulty, you send us a good Taylor delegate from your circuit. Make Baker, who is now with you, I suppose, help about it. He is a good hand to raise a breeze. In due time Mr. Lincoln's sagacity and earnestness were both justified; for on June 12 he was able to write to an Illinois friend: On my return from Ph by disease and in battle, they have en-(lured, and fought and fell with you. Clay and Webster each gave a son, never to be returned. From the State of my own residence, besides other worthy but less known Whig names, we sent Marshall, Morrison, Baker, and Hardin; they all fought and one fell, and in the fall of that one we lost our best Whig man. Nor were the Whigs few in number or laggard in the day of danger. In that fearful, bloody, breathless struggle at Buena Vista, where each man's har
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 23: destruction of the ram Arkansas.--capture of Galveston.--capture of the Harriet Lane.--sinking of the Hatteras.--attack on Baton Rouge.--Miscellaneous engagements of the gun-boats. (search)
Assistant Engineer, C. H. Ball; Acting-Masters, T. B. Dubois and C. S. Washburne; Acting-Ensign, J. H. Harris; Acting-Masters' Mate, Wm. Harcourt; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, W. J. Burge; Acting Assistant Paymaster, G. R. Martin, Acting Engineers, J. W. Smyth, L. J. M. Boyd and C. H. Slack. Steamer Pocahontas. Lieutenant-Commander, W. M. Gamble; Lieutenant, J. F. McGlensey; Assistant Surgeon, A. C. Rhoades; Assistant Engineers, Caleb E. Lee, W. F. Fort and G. C. Julan; Acting-Masters, Edw. Baker and Thomas Symmes; Acting-Masters' Mates, J. M. Braisted, O. S. Willey and Caleb Fellowes; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, Theo. Kitchen; Acting-Engineer, John Jordan. Gun-boat Kennebeck. Lieutenant-Commander, John H. Russell; Assistant Surgeon, Chas. H. Perry; Assistant Engineers, Henry W. Fitch, B. C. Gowing, E. E. Roberts and L. W. Robinson; Acting-Masters, H. C. Wade and Wm. Brooks; Acting-Masters' Mates, J. W. Merryman, H. E. Tinkham and J. D. Ellis; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, C. L
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
who, when seriously wounded by the explosion of a shell from the rebel ram Tennessee,and when the vessel was supposed to be on fire, refused to leave his station. It affords me pleasure to bring to your favorable notice Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant Edward Baker, the executive officer, Acting-Ensign J. J. Butler and Second-Assistant Engineer L. W. Robinson. Acting-Assistant Surgeon George W. Hatch rendered the most prompt assistance to the wounded. The crew fully sustained the proud reputatid A. E. Hunter; Acting-Boatswain, A. O. Goodsoe; Gunner, William Wilson; Sailmaker, N. Lynch. *steamer Kennebec. Lieutenant-Commander, W. P. McCann; Assistant Surgeon, C. H. Perry; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, C. L. Burnet; Acting-Master, Edward Baker; Acting-Ensigns, A. L. Emerson, J. J. Butler, J. D. Ellis and H. E. Tinkham; Acting-Master's Mate, H. C. Nields; Engineers: Third-Assistants, B. C. Gowing, E. E. Roberts, L, W. Robinson and G. R. Holt. Steamer Pinola Lieutenant-Commander
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 53: operations of the West Gulf Squadron in the latter part of 1864, and in 1865.--joint operations in Mobile Bay by Rear-Admiral Thatcher and General Canby. (search)
tant Paymaster, Henry A. Strong; Acting-Master, J. B. Rodgers; Acting Master and Pilot, J. H. Collins; Acting-Ensigns, E. D. Martin, S. G. Blood and J. T. Hamilton; Acting-Master's Mates, Thomas Elsmore and W. A. Hynard; Engineers: Acting-First Assistant, Wm. H. Morris; Acting-Second-Assistant, W. P. Ayres; Acting-Third-Assistants, Robert Miller and Franklin Babcock; Acting-Gunner, John Roberts. Kennebec--Fourth-rate. Lieutenant-Commander Trevett Abbott; Acting-Volunteer-Lieutenant, Edward Baker; Acting-Assistant Surgeon, W. H. Taggert: Acting-Assistant Paymaster, Elisha Ward; Acting-Masters, A. L. Emerson and J. J. Butler; Acting-Ensigns, J. D. Ellis; Acting-Master's Mate, A. A. Mann; Engineers: Second-Assistant, L. W. Robinson; Acting-Second-Assistant, J. S. Pearce; Acting-Third-Assistants, J. N. Johnson and James Eccles. Itasca--Fourth-rate. Lieutenant-Commander, George Brown; Surgeon, David Kindleberger; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, A. G. Lathrop; Acting-Master, Richard
below spurketing, causing the following damage: Double iron chain stops broken, horizontal knee-stay torn away, four deck-planks broken and partially blown away, two side-planks broken; water-way and side timber broken, and partially blown away; bulwarks and hammockrail broken; six planks on berth-deck broken; two planks on port-bow injured by collision with ram, which vessel left her boat across our bow, and iron davit on our port anchor. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Edward Baker, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Executive Officer. Lieut. Com. Wm. P. McCann, Commanding U. S. S. Kennebec. U. S. S. Kennebec, Mobile Bay, Aug. 6, 1864. sir: The following is the amount of ammunition expended by this vessel in the action of the fifth instant, namely: Eight eleven-inch shells, twenty-five twenty-pound rifle shells. Powder: Two twenty-pound eleven inch charges; six fifteen-pound eleven-inch charges; twenty-five two-pound charges for rifle; thirty-three cannon-primers.
of tea, about five hundred kegs of powder, Enfield rifles, medicines, clothing, etc., etc. Her pilot, who came on board at Havana, left Mobile but two weeks ago, and was promised two thousand dollars for safe pilotage. He seems to be disappointed, but takes it easy, and who knows may become a staunch Union man hereafter? He says the people in and about Mobile suffer much. Shoes, twelve and fourteen dollars a pair; coffee, one dollar per pound; salt scarce and very dear. He says that the success of the Democratic party at the last election fills the rebels with new hopes. They count upon an early truce, by which they might profit. If the Republican party had had a majority at the last elections, he says the rebels would have laid down their arms; and but for that, peace would have been sought on the best terms possible. Acting Master Edward Baker has taken command of the Antona. He leaves to-morrow for Pensacola to coal ship, whence he will proceed to New-York. H. A. M.
ssing the river at Edwards's Ferry. A brigade was thrown over and met by the Thirteenth Mississippi, which held them in check at the point of crossing. In the meantime another brigade was thrown over at Ball's Bluff, and as troops continued to cross at that point, where the Eighth Virginia had engaged them, General Evans ordered up the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Mississippi, and the three regiments made such an impetuous attack as to drive back the enemy to the bluff, and their leader, Colonel Baker, having fallen, a panic seemed to seize the command, so that they rushed headlong down the bluff, and crowded into the flat boats, which were their means of transportation, in such numbers that they were sunk and many of the foe were drowned in their attempt to swim the river. The loss of the enemy, prisoners included, exceeded the number of our troops in action. The Confederate loss was reported to be thirty-six killed, one hundred seventeen wounded, and two captured; total, one hundr
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