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 routes “for the passage of troops,” then withdrew. Just east of here, Mixís detachment took fire from elements of Col. William Barksdaleís 13th Mississippi Infantry. The Confederates
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 6.838′ N, 77° 31.594′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Edwardís Ferry Road and Battlefield Parkway North East, on the left when traveling east on Edwardís Ferry Road. Touch for map. At the entrance to the Edwardís Landing sub-division. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Ballís Bluff Masked Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Earthworks (approx. half a mile 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. 0.9 miles away); 17th Mississippi Infantry (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker.
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. Biography of Col. William Barksdale. (Submitted on July 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Ball's Bluff Regional Park. (Submitted on July 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
5. 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. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,335 times since then. 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. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.