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1890 SECRET SERVICE Potomac River Confederate Escape LaFayette Baker CIVIL WAR

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•Title:  With a cry of distress, he staggered and fell.
•Year:  1890
•Print size (inches):  6 x 9
(image size is just slightly less)
•Print size (cm):  15.5 x 22.8 (image size is just slightly less)
•Provenance:  The United States Secret Service in the Late War
•Verso:  No printing
  John E. Potter & Company, Philadelphia


We are pleased to offer a collection of Chromolithograph plates published by John E. Potter & Company in 1890. The collection centers around the National United States Secret Service Bureau and General LaFayette Baker (AKA Sam Munson)

This 125 year old Chromolithograph plate shows Baker escaping from two dutchmen Confederate soldiers, stealing a boat and then shooting one of them while escaping. Some smudge marks around the margins and a faint fold mark down the middle which is barely visible, good condition otherwise.

Baker, Lafayette C., brigadier-general, chief of the U. S. secret service, was born in Stafford, Genesee county, N. Y., Oct. 13, 1826 being a grandson of Remember Baker, one of Ethan Allen's captains. Young Baker moved with his parents to Michigan in 1839 but in 1848 went to New York and Philadelphia, and in 1853 to San Francisco, working in each of the cities as a mechanic. In the riots in San Francisco, in 1856, he joined the vigilance committee and took an active part in restoring order in the city. At the outbreak of the Civil war he offered his services at Washington, and at the suggestion of Gen. Hiram Walbridge, Gen. Scott sent him on foot to Richmond. The success of this mission, in which he collected much valuable information, followed by equal successes in other hardy enterprises, won for him the confidence of the government and he was made head of the bureau of secret service, with almost unlimited resources at his command. In 1862 the bureau was transferred to the war department and he was commissioned colonel, and later brigadier-general of volunteers. Gen. Baker's duties made him enemies in influential quarters and serious charges were several times preferred against him, but they were not substantiated. At the time of Lincoln's assassination Gen. Baker organized the pursuit of the murderer and was present at his capture and death. He died in Philadelphia, July 2, 1868. There are many theories about his death, especially when many years later, Dr. Neff detected arsenic poison in a piece of his hair found in Mrs. Baker's diary!

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