Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Ballís Bluff Masked Battery
...held to the bluff without room to retire.
Whoever controlled the roadway behind you could control the flow of reinforcements to the battlefield from both Edwards Ferry and Confederate Fort Evans. As the battle began, Stone, then at Edwards Ferry, sent 35 cavalrymen of the 3rd New York Cavalry under Maj. John Mix to scout the road between the ferry and Leesburg. Having learned of the masked battery, Stone ordered Mix to reconnoiter the terrain around it to discover Confederate troop dispositions and to study
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 6.848′ N, 77° 31.6′ W. Marker was in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker was at the intersection of Edwardís Ferry Road and Battlefield Parkway North East, on the left when traveling east on Edwardís Ferry Road. At the entrance to the Edwardís Landing sub-division. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Ballís Bluff Masked Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Earthworks (approx. 0.6 miles away); Two-Chambered Granary (approx. 0.9 miles away); Well House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Carriage House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ice House (approx. one mile away); 17th Mississippi Infantry (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. Marker includes a newspaper drawing depicting the Federal retreat from Ballís Bluff with the caption, “U.S. soldiers attempt to swim the Potomac while fleeing Ballís Bluff.”
A portrait of Col. Edward D. Baker carries the caption, “the noted orator and Senator took the field and was undone by the challenges he faced. The sight of Bakerís body being carried from the battle demoralized the Union troops.”
Regarding Ballís Bluff Masked Battery. 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. Biography of Col. Edward D. Baker. (Submitted on July 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Official Reports of the Battle. (Submitted on July 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. 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.)
I drove by twice today and didn't see it? I saw the State Marker but not the Civil War Trails one.
— Submitted July 10, 2020, by Mike McKeown of Baltimore, Maryland.
2. On Site check
I checked the marker today. It remains at the location. We do have plans, in the far future, to relocate the marker to a location closer to a safe parking place. I will update if that occurs.
— Submitted July 12, 2020, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Was the marker BEHIND the subdivision sign?
Behind the subdivision sign (photo 3, NE corner of intersection) is where the earthworks remains are. The marker was on the NW corner as shown in photo 2. —Ed.
— Submitted September 10, 2020, by Mike McKeown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2007. This page has been viewed 2,750 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on September 16, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on October 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on January 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.