Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery
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A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the Civil War.
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John B
Norristown, PA275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Balls Bluff is a battle very few people know. It was an absolute disaster for the Union at this battle in October 1861 and a US Senator was also killed. I have to say this park is well-preserved. Kudos to those who preserved this and continue to tell the story. Even if you are not interested in history, it is a beautiful park to walk around. It was maintained well and clean. Definitely worth doing if you are in the Leesburg area.
Written 9 July 2023
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annswan2016
Philadelphia, PA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We enjoyed the interaction with a very knowledgeable and engaging volunteer docent who explained the Ball's Bluff Battle. The Battlefield is in an absolutely beautiful setting with multiple hiking trails. This is located only minutes from downtown Leesburg.
Written 18 April 2023
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Hunter L.
Pittsburgh, PA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
This little park was a beautiful and well kept national historic site. Plenty of info boards told stories I’d never heard of before from the civil war. If you’re in the area it is a great place to spend an hour or so!
Written 20 November 2022
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jxx9595
Washington, DC1,468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The highlight of our visit was the excellent tour provided by a volunteer. We were the only ones on that tour, which made it all the better. The battlefield itself is small, and the action was relatively simple. It was a bit like First Manassas, in that you can walk around the whole battlefield in short order. There are regular tours on the weekends, and we obviously recommend that you time your visit to join a tour. In the end, Ball's Bluff was a minor and early fight in the Civil War, but the field is worth a visit if you are a Civil War buff, and it's a pleasant walk in the park/woods even if you are not (and the weather is good). We plan a revisit in the winter so we can see the field (and the river) without all the leaves on the trees.
Written 22 August 2022
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Robert a
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
To be completely accurate the smallest National Veteran's Cemetery in the country is on the grounds of the Hampton VA Med Ctr. 22 graves (all reportedly from Yellow Fever).
Written 16 March 2022
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Kate Illinois1
Illinois4,722 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The battle where the only US Senator died in the Civil War. The cemetery has 54 soldiers buried here but only 26 markers ( 25 unkown). The battle remembered for a faulty intelligence report. There is a Confederate Soldier Clinton Hatcher memorial marker on the field but he is buried in his home state.
Written 30 June 2021
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ITRT
Virginia38,573 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
What associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US was wounded and what US Senator died on the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield? We were in the Leesburg, VA area and decided to explore the battlefield. There is a kiosk near the parking lot where I recommend picking up the walking tour brochure. A sign nearby shows the location and length of the trails. All trails are well-marked. We chose the Interpretive Trail where the leaf-strewn Burk’s trail head forks to the right, a short distance from the parking lot kiosk. The slightly uphill trail had many interpretive signs explaining what had happened in a particular area. Ball’s Bluff was the site of one of the Civil War’s early battles and marked the site of a defeat of the Union Army near Leesburg. As you walk the trail, you will come upon a fenced-in cemetery housing the remains of 54 soldiers who died in the Battle. There is a marker outside the cemetery marking the place where Colonel Edward Baker, a Union commander, was shot to death. A monument for Clinton Hatcher a Confederate soldier is beside the cemetery. Ball’s Bluff Overlook gives a good view of the Potomac River and is a beautiful spot to observe nature. Be careful of your footsteps as it is a long drop down to the Potomac River. Those interested in artillery, or even if you are not, this is a must stop at the Union Artillery display. It takes an hour or more to walk the battlefield if one takes the time to read the signs. Oh, by the way, the Supreme Court justice was Oliver Wendell Holmes and the US Senator was Edward Baker. Enjoyable day.
Written 20 November 2020
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Jerry S
Vienna55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
A bit rustic when my wife and I visited. Not a "touristy" place, but if you are interested in civil war stuff, this is well worth visiting
Written 16 October 2019
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The Bull's Bluff Battlefield is located right outside the City of Leesburg. Visiters must go through a neighborhood to get to the park where the battle field is located. If you do not want to read or go by your pace, wait for the free guided tour that starts at 11 and 1. I learned a lot about the CIVIL war and how it divided Loudoun County in Virginia. Take the Interpretive Trail Loop for the battlefield and the national cemetary.
Written 1 October 2019
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Margaret
Gas City, IN274 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
We happened to encounter a guide who had just return from a tour to the cemetery. He showed us the multiple US flags in our early days, explained what happened at this site and showed us one of their muskets. Wish we had more time to hear more.
Written 13 September 2019
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