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Thursday, October 24, 1861.+-

Washington, DC.

President Lincoln and his wife, Mary, attend the funeral of Colonel Edward D. Baker, who died on October 21, during the Battle of Ball's Bluff, located near Leesburg, Virginia. At the time of his death, Baker served as a U.S. Senator from Oregon. Previously, he practiced law in Springfield, Illinois, where he became acquainted with Lincoln. Lincoln named his second son, Edward Baker Lincoln, in Baker's honor. New York Times, 24 October 1861, 1:3-5; 25 October, 1861, 1:1-2.

Lincoln sends Leonard Swett with letter containing order for Gen. Fremont's removal to Gen. Curtis for delivery. Abraham Lincoln to Samuel R. Curtis, 24 October 1861, CW, 4:562-63.

Writes Gen. Hunter: "The command of the Department of the West having devolved upon you, I propose to offer you a few suggestions . . . give up the pursuit [of Gen. Sterling Price (CSA)], halt your main army, divide it into two corps of observation, one occupying Sedalia, and the other Rolla . . . then recruit the condition of both corps." Abraham Lincoln to David Hunter, 24 October 1861, CW, 5:1-2.