“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

8th Virginia Infantry

8th Virginia Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
1. 8th Virginia Infantry Marker
Colonel Eppa Hunton, commanding the 8th Virginia Infantry from Loudoun County and other areas of Northern Virginia, arrived at Ball's Bluff at about one p.m. Deploying here at the edge of a small field, Hunton's 8th Virginia joined in the battle. Hunton recalled, "I was assailed repeatedly during the day and had to fight hard to maintain this position…and when we would fight and drive them back, I would retired my line of battle some twenty yards and obtain the protection not only of the woods, but of the crest of the hill. [The] enemy [was] strongly posted in the edge of the woods with two howitzers and one rifled cannon. At the first fire from my regiment, nearly every man at the enemy's cannon was shot down."
Source: 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.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby.
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It was located near 39° 7.892′ N, 77° 31.801′ W. Marker was in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker could be reached from Balls Bluff Park east of Balls Bluff Road, on the right when traveling west. 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 8th Virginia Infantry (here, next to this marker); 8th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Ball's Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Ball's Bluff - October 21, 1861 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle at Ball’s Bluff (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battlefield Historic Restoration Project (about 400 feet away); Additional Area Civil War Sites (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Balls Bluff (about 400 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.
8th Virginia Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
2. 8th Virginia Infantry Marker
At the time of the battle, the ground to the right of the marker was open field. The park administration is reducing the undergrowth and cutting some trees to restore the battlefield's appearance.
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 98 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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May. 28, 2023