Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
15th Massachusetts Infantry
The 15th Massachusetts was the only Federal unit involved in the three skirmishes that took place in the morning and early afternoon. Around 12:30 p.m., Devensí men were driven from their defensive position behind a heavy fence on the Jackson property. Around 2:00 p.m., Devens withdrew his men to this area and deployed them in the woods on your right, facing the then open field on your left, and deployed at a right angle to the main Federal line, the two wings of that line forming what, from the bluff, would have looked like a backward “L” covering the clearing and the cart path.
Following the 3:30 p.m. repulse of the 18th Mississippi which had advanced across the field between the two wings of the Union position, parts of the 15th Massachusetts eventually re-deployed along the Federal left in preparation for a breakout shortly
Erected by Ballís Bluff Regional Park/Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Location. 39° 7.976′ N, 77° 31.755′ 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 4, inside Ballís Bluff Regional Park. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jeniferís Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battlefield Historic Restoration Project (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Clinton Lovett Hatcher (about 500 feet away); Clinton Hatcher (about 500 feet away); The South: Confederate Leaders at Ballís Bluff (about 500 feet away); Battle of Ballís Bluff, October 21, 1861 (about 500 feet away); The North: Union Leaders at Ball's Bluff (about 500 feet away); 8th Virginia Infantry (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. The marker has photographs of Colonel Charles Devens and Rowland Bowen.
Regarding 15th Massachusetts 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 Ball's Bluff. (Submitted on August 31, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Staff Ride Guide. Produced by the Center of Military History for Army Officer Professional Development. (Submitted on August 31, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. 15th Massachusetts Infantry. A genealogy site with much background information about the regiment. Until mustered out of service at Petersburg in July 1864, the 15th was active in nearly all actions in the Eastern Theater of war. (Submitted on August 31, 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 •
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