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Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

8th Virginia Infantry

 
 
8th Virginia Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2007
1. 8th Virginia Infantry Marker
Inscription. The 8th Virginia Infantry was a local unit made up of six companies from Loudoun, two from Fauquier, and one each from Fairfax and Prince William counties. Commanded by Colonel Eppa Hunton, the Regiment arrived on the field about 12:30 p.m. initially deploying west of the ridge near the Jackson house. With the withdrawal of the 15th Massachusetts from that area, the 8th Virginia moved cautiously forward and deployed on the battlefield.

Shortly thereafter, the right wing of the unit clashed with two companies of the 1st California Regiment advancing up the slope to the right of this location. A hard skirmish was fought on that slope around 3:00 p.m. The California companies took heavy casualties and fell back. Meanwhile, a misunderstood withdrawal order by Lt. Col. Charles B. Tebbs of the 8th caused some of the men to break and run. Colonel Hunton managed to restore order to the 8th Virginia by withdrawing the regiment a few hundred yards toward the Jackson house. The 8th got back into the fight, conducting a bayonet charge around 5:00 p.m. which overran the Federal mountain howitzers.
 
Erected by Ball's Bluff Regional Park/Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Location. 39° 7.892′ N, 77° 31.801′ 
The Old 8th Virginia Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
2. The Old 8th Virginia Infantry Marker
The current marker replaced this one in August 2007. A new portrait of Col. Hunton was added, as with the original text:
Colonel Eppa Hunton, commanding the 8th Virginia Infantry from Loudoun County and other areas of Northern Virginia, arrived at Ball's Bluff at about one p.m. Deploying here at the edge of a small field, Hunton's 8th Virginia joined in the battle. Hunton recalled, "I was assailed repeatedly during the day and had to fight hard to maintain this position...and when we would fight and drive them back, I would retired my line of battle some twenty yards and obtain the protection not only of the woods, but of the crest of the hill. [The] enemy [was] strongly posted in the edge of the woods with two howitzers and one rifled cannon. At the first fire from my regiment, nearly every man at the enemy's cannon was shot down."
Source: Official Records of the Civil War.
W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Ballís Bluff Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located at trail stop 2, in the Ballís Bluff Regional Park. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 8th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment (here, next to this marker); The Battle at Ballís Bluff (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battlefield Historic Restoration Project (about 400 feet away); Additional Area Civil War Sites (about 400 feet away); Battle of Balls Bluff (about 400 feet away); A Divided America, A Divided Loudoun County (about 500 feet away); Aftermath of Ballís Bluff (about 500 feet away); Clinton Hatcher (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a portrait of Colonel Eppa Hunton.
 
Regarding 8th Virginia Infantry. This marker is one of a set along the Balls Bluff Battlefield walking trail. See the Balls Bluff Virtual Tour by Markers link below for details on each stop.
 
Also see . . .
1. Brief Summary of the Battle of Ballís Bluff. (Submitted on August 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Staff Ride Guide
8th Virginia Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
3. 8th Virginia Infantry Marker
At the time of the battle, the ground to the right of the marker was open field. The park administration is reducing the undergrowth and cutting some trees to restore the battlefield's appearance.
. From the Center of Military History. (Submitted on August 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. History of the 8th Virginia Infantry. (Submitted on August 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Balls Bluff Battlefield Virtual Tour by Marker. Over twenty markers detail the action at Balls Bluff and related sites. Please use the Click to map all markers shown on this page option at the bottom of the page to view a map of the marker locations. The hybrid view offers an excellent overlook of the park. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,605 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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