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The Old Aftermath of Ball
Photographer: Craig Swain
Taken: July 30, 2007
Caption: The Old Aftermath of Ball's Bluff Marker
Additional Description: Replaced in August 2007, this marker had a slightly different text:
Among the Union casualties here at Ball's Bluff was U.S. Senator, Colonel Edward D. Baker, boyhood friend of Abraham Lincoln. Baker was a former Congressman from Illinois, a brilliant lawyer and orator, veteran of the Mexican War and sitting U.S. Senator from Oregon. It was due to Baker's effort that the west coast was held for Lincoln in the 1860 elections.

Baker's death here and the twin Union defeats at Manassas and Ball's Bluff gave cause for the creation of a Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. This committee was comprised of three Senators and four Congressmen. These radical Republicans and war Democrats held three hearings behind closed doors concerning Ball's Bluff.

Meeting as a Star Chambered Court, they used hearsay testimony, camp gossip, personal prejudice and lies to find General Charles Stone guilty of treason. Without being able to confront his accusers or to know what they even had stated, Stone was arrested on February 12, 1862.

Thrown into the dungeon of Fort Lafayette in New York Harbor and then into prison at Fort Hamilton, New York City, General Stone languished for 6 months before being released. His health, life and military career ruined, Stone left the U.S. Army in August 1864. After the war, he became Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army. Returning to the United States in 1880, he built the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty and was Grand Marshal for its dedication in October of 1886, twenty-five years after Ball's Bluff.

Kim Holien -- Narrative and graphics.
Robert Wells Jr. and The American Blue & Gray Association - financial support.
Submitted: August 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Database Locator Identification Number: p6208
File Size: 0.932 Megabytes


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