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Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

15th Massachusetts Infantry

 
 
15th Massachusetts Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 6, 2021
1. 15th Massachusetts Infantry Marker
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The 15th Massachusetts Infantry provided an initial scouting patrol on the night of October 20 and the troops for the raiding party the next morning. Five companies, roughly 300 men, were to attack a Confederate camp. Devens positioned his men several hundred yards west of here and sent a messenger to inform General Stone that there was no camp to raid. While waiting for new orders, a small portion of his force engaged Company K of the 17th Mississippi in the battle’s opening skirmish.

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., Devens’ 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
15th Massachusetts Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 6, 2021
2. 15th Massachusetts Infantry Marker
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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 before dark. With the failure of that attempt, the 15th broke and, like the other Union units, was driven down the slope and into the river.
 
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 20, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 7.976′ N, 77° 31.755′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Ball’s Bluff Road, on the left when traveling east. Located at trail stop 4, inside Ball’s Bluff Regional Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jenifer’s Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battlefield Historic Restoration Project (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); M1841 12 Pound Mountain Howitzer (about 500 feet away); Thomas Clinton Lovett Hatcher (about 500 feet away); Clinton Hatcher (about 500 feet away); Battle of Ball's Bluff, October 21, 1861
Looking from the Position Held by the 15th Mass image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 30, 2007
3. Looking from the Position Held by the 15th Mass
The ground in front of the 15th Mass. was open field at the time of the battle. The National Cemetery is in the center of what was the Federal Line.
(about 500 feet away); The South: Confederate Leaders at Ball’s Bluff (about 500 feet away); The North: Union Leaders at Ball's Bluff (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
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
The 15th Massachusetts Infantry Faced Towards The Clearing image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 19, 2020
4. The 15th Massachusetts Infantry Faced Towards The Clearing
. 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.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,075 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on August 31, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on March 7, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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