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  •  Oregon, my Oregon. (1+ / 0-)
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    koosah

    Late to the party, but here nonetheless.

    This measure should be in honor of the 1st Oregon Volunteers, who mustered in 1861 to fight in Mr. Lincoln's war against the "slave power", but who ended up in small backwater forts along the Pacific as replacements for the Regular Army sent back to fight with the Army of the Potomac.

    However, one Oregon volunteer did make it to the war; Edward Baker, Col, one of Lincoln's personal friends, led an ill-fated expedition at Ball's Bluff early in the war and was the first General Officer killed in Combat in the war. We have Baker County out east named after him, and are proud of his service, even though as a tactician, he was definitely an amateur. The young Oliver Wendell Holmes served under Baker at that battle, and barely made it out with his life, at dark, on a ramshackle raft across the Potomac. He wrote about the experience in forming his legal theory of Legal Pragmatism.  

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:03:13 PM PDT

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