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

Battle of Ball's Bluff

 
 
Battle of Ballís Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By T. Elizabeth Renich, March 26, 2016
1. Battle of Ballís Bluff Marker
Inscription. Just to the east, 1,700 Union troops crossed the Potomac River and clashed with 1,700 Confederates on 21 Oct. 1861. The previous evening, a Union reconnaissance patrol had mistaken a row of trees for Confederate tents. Brig. Gen. Charles Stone ordered an early-morning raid on this "camp." Confederates under Col. Nathan Evans confronted the Federals, who were then reinforced. Col. and Sen. Edward D. Baker took command and became the only sitting U.S. senator ever killed in combat. The Federals retreated across the river in disarray. Congress created the Joint Committee on the Conduct of War to investigate the defeat.
 
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number F-1.)
 
Location. 39° 7.584′ N, 77° 32.604′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Leesburg Bypass (U.S. 15) and Battlefield Parkway, on the right when traveling south on Leesburg Bypass. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Divided America, A Divided Loudoun County (approx. ĺ mile away); Aftermath of Ballís Bluff (approx. ĺ mile away); a different
Battle of Ballís Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By T. Elizabeth Renich, March 26, 2016
2. Battle of Ballís Bluff Marker
marker also named Battle of Balls Bluff (approx. ĺ mile away); Additional Area Civil War Sites (approx. ĺ mile away); The Battle at Ballís Bluff (approx. ĺ mile away); 8th Virginia Infantry (approx. 0.8 miles away); 8th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.8 miles away); 17th Mississippi Infantry (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
 
Also see . . .  Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Battle of Ball's Bluff” (Submitted on March 29, 2016.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2016, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 26, 2016, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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