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

Battlefield Historic Restoration Project

 
 
Battlefield Historic Restoration Project Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 26, 2008
1. Battlefield Historic Restoration Project Marker
Inscription. In 2004, Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park began a restoration project on the battlefield where you stand today. The objective of the effort is to return about 12 acres of the battlefield to its approximate appearance in 1861.

First hand accounts from soldiers like Lt. Colonel Isaac Wister of the 1st California describe the battlefield as "an open field of oblong shaped...entirely surrounded by woods". The photograph below was taken in 1886 of the Veterans from the 15th Massachusetts who returned to Ball's Bluff on a tour of the battlefields where they had fought during the Civil War. The placement of this sign is near the area where the photograph wsa taken. Note the cemetery wall on the right side of the photo. The map you see below was sketched by William Francis Bartlett of the 20th Massachusetts four days after the battle and shows the general shape of the battlefield. Using participant descriptions and period maps, it is known that the cleared field around which the battle was fought was oblong, approximately 150 yards wide along the bluff and extending some 450 yards inland, roughly from the bluff to today's parking log.

Every year park staff and volunteers participate in projects that include cutting trees, removal of dead falls and clearing of undergrowth that bring this historic battlefield closer
Battlefield Historic Restoration Project Wayside Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, January 26, 2008
2. Battlefield Historic Restoration Project Wayside
The Ball's Bluff Cemetery stand in the far left center of this photograph.
to its 1861 appearance. The cut trees and underbrush are used for mulching trails and as firewood for reenactors during living history programs.

These restoration efforts are open to public participation. Please check park information kiosks and websites for announcements related to the Battlefield Historic Restoration Project.
 
Erected 2007 by Ball's Bluff Regional Park/Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Location. 39° 7.956′ N, 77° 31.805′ 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 on a gravel footpath extension of Ballís Bluff Road, inside 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. 15th Massachusetts Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jeniferís Cavalry (about 300 feet away); 8th Virginia Infantry (about 400 feet away); 8th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment (about 400 feet away); Clinton Hatcher (about 600 feet away); Thomas Clinton Lovett Hatcher
Battlefield Today Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
3. Battlefield Today
Looking from the cemetery walls toward the parking lot. As described on the marker the ground here was open field at the time of the battle. The ground has been gradually cleared over the last few years, and this winter time view allows some comparison to the historical landscape.
(about 600 feet away); The South: Confederate Leaders at Ballís Bluff (about 700 feet away); Battle of Ballís Bluff, October 21, 1861 (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
 
Also see . . .  Ball's Bluff Regional Park. Mentioned in the text, the regional park site lists restoration project events. (Submitted on May 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Veterans of the 15th Massachusetts return to Ball's Bluff, 1886 Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, April 14, 2013
4. Veterans of the 15th Massachusetts return to Ball's Bluff, 1886
Close-up of photo on marker
Jeff Randolph
Bartlett's Map Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, April 14, 2013
5. Bartlett's Map
This map was sketched by William Bartlett of the 20th Massachusetts four days after the battle, Oct. 24, 1861
Close-up of map on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,193 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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