Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle at Ballís Bluff
Five companies of the 15th Massachusetts led by Col. Charles Devens spent several hours quietly crossing the river from Harrisonís Island. At dawn they marched up the path on their way to destroy the supposed enemy camp and return to Maryland. The “camp,” however, did not exist. In the dark, the scouts had mistaken a row of trees for tents. By the time the error was reported to General Stone, an unintended battle had begun.
At 7:30 a.m. on October 21, Company K of the 17th Mississippi clashed with the Massachusetts men near the Jackson house.
General Stone remained in Maryland at Edwardís Ferry.
Erected by Ball's Bluff Regional Park/Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War, and the NOVA Parks 🏞️ series lists.
Location. 39° 7.842′ N, 77° 31.844′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, VirginiaTouch for map. Marker is 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 walking distance of this marker. A Divided America, A Divided Loudoun County (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Balls Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Additional Area Civil War Sites (within shouting distance of this marker); Aftermath of Ballís Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); 8th Virginia Infantry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 8th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment (about 400 feet away); 17th Mississippi Infantry (about 600 feet away); Battlefield Historic Restoration Project (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. The marker displays a drawing depicting, “15th Massachusetts Scouts,” courtesy Kim Bernard Holien.
Regarding The Battle at Ballís Bluff. This marker is the "Trail Head" for the Balls Bluff walking trail through the park. The related markers list (below) offers a virtual tour of the battlefield and related sites, by way of historical markers.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This marker is trail head for a set of markers along the Balls Bluff Battlefield walking trail. Please use the related markers list here to see a "virtual tour" of the battlefield
Also see . . .
1. With Leesburg in Their Sights, Union Troops Caught by Surprise at Ball's Bluff. (Submitted on August 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Original Newspaper Account of the Battle. (Submitted on August 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2007. This page has been viewed 1,888 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on October 4, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on September 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on September 1, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.