The For The Preservation Of The Union

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Many men rose to the call for the preservation of the Union. One grand figure, and unsung hero, who answered his country’s call was Lafayette Curry Baker. Born 13, October 1826, and murdered, 3 July 1868. Lafayette Curry Baker’s life and time’s are the stuff of great novels. Clearly recognized and advanced for his demonstrated talents in the “Army of the Republic,“ he was later cast adrift, amid political complexities and controversies of the time. Lafayette Curry Baker’s circumstances standout not only as a turning point for Baker, but also as a watershed moment in American History, passed over. A time where a sequence of determined events, revised the Civil War post-script intended by President Lincoln. A successive President, Andrew…show more content…
On the strength of his character and achievements, Lafayette was made a Special Agent with a Roving Commission. This category of special consideration would give Lafayette the flexibility to gather intelligence, investigate, ferret out traitors, discover covert plots and “black flag” operations. Newly employed by General Winfield Scott, Baker’s initial assignment would be the task of gathering intelligence inside the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. To achieve his mission, Baker assumed the name of Sam Munson, using the cover of being a battle field photographer. He achieved great success in his disguise, even convincing Confederate General, P.G.T Beauregard, who issued “Munson” a pass to photograph any Officer, camp, or “what he (“Munson“) pleased.” Gen P.G.T. Beauregard Upon the success of Baker’s intelligence mission, Baker was placed in charge of the Department of State, Counter Espionage Unit by Secretary of State, William Stewart. In February of 1862, the Department of State Espionage Unit was transferred to Department of War, to become the National Detective Bureau. Baker’s chain of command , due to the important nature and secrecy of Union operations, necessitated Baker to report directly to The Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, and often directly to President Lincoln. Baker enjoyed the total confidence of those he reported to through out the tenure of Mr. Lincoln’s Presidency and Administration. Additionally, Baker also succeeded
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