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18th Mississippi Infantry

 
 
18th Mississippi Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
1. 18th Mississippi Infantry Marker
Inscription.  
The 18th Mississippi Infantry was sent from nearby Edward's Ferry and arrived at the battlefield at two-thirty [p.m.]. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Griffin of the 18th Mississippi described the situation: "Taking a position on the right of the 8th Virginia Regiment, the line of battle was formed...Colonel Burt fell mortally wounded while gallantly leading the regiment...The line was advanced to within a short distance of their guns, when several heavy volleys were fired, forcing them to fall back into the ravine for shelter. At three-thirty [p.m.], Colonel Featherston, with the 17th [Mississippi] Regiment, arrived on the ground...the two regiments formed in line of battle and charged the enemy until they were driven into the Patomac or captured."
Source: The Official Records of the Civil War
 
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 NOVA Parks series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 28, 1861.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby.
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It was located near 39° 7.833′ N, 77° 31.671′ W. Marker was in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker was at the intersection of Balls Bluff Park and Balls Bluff Road, on the right when traveling west on Balls Bluff Park. 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 walking distance of this location. A different marker also named 18th Mississippi Infantry (here, next to this marker); 42nd New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 17th Mississippi Infantry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward D. Baker (about 400 feet away); 1st California Regiment (about 400 feet away); Battle of Ball's Bluff - October 21, 1861: The Union Collapse (about 400 feet away); Ball's Bluff National Cemetery (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Edward D. Baker (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced with the linked marker.
 
The Marker at the 18th Mississippi Position image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
2. The Marker at the 18th Mississippi Position
The marker was moved approximately 200 yards to the northeast in August 2007 to conform with updated research regarding the battle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2021, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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