It may seem strange that a large Civil War battlefield sits smack in the middle of one of the fastest growing counties in the country. But Loudoun County, Virginia is filled with history related to this war, and one can see it very well at Balls Bluff Battlefield. The small cemetery containing markers of mostly unknown soldiers who died in the war sits serenely near the entrance of the park. It's been said by the locals that ghostly appearances of civil war soldiers can sometimes be seen. Given that many soldiers died terrible deaths here, it's no wonder. One must be very careful while going through the park, as there are steep drop offs throughout it -- the steepest of which is along the Potomac River which courses through the park. Visitors should get a map of the park and learn where the river is and be mindful of the steep drop off. Be especially mindful of kids through this area. In spite of the thousands of houses that have sprung up in this old and historical county, Loudoun still holds many fascinating tales from days of yore, and Balls Bluff battleground figures prominently in many of those stories. If you yearn to learn more about this chaotic time in our nation's history, it would be worth your while to include Balls Bluff into your itinerary.
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