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“Balls Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetary” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery
Battlefield Parkway, Route 15, Leesburg, VA
703-779-9372
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Ranked #4 of 36 Attractions in Leesburg
Type: Battlefields, Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the Civil War.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Balls Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

If you're a Civil War buff, or even if you're not, this is a great little place to go with friends/family on a sunny autumn afternoon. We took the 1 pm tour (they give 11 am and 1 pm tours on the weekend) last Sunday which just happened to be the anniversary of the batlle. Our tour guide (I believe his name was Mr. Glenn?) was excellent....really gave an excellent retelling of what went on here during the Civil War. You can walk over the bluff and view the Potomac (Maryland on the other side). Great outing for a morning or afternoon.

Visited October 2012
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Leesburg
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“Nice educational park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Went for a short drive on a Sunday and ended up at the Battlefield. It is kind of out of the way to get to because you have to drive through a resdidential area but then there it is tucked away. Very nice area, clean and well kept. They have guided tours but we did our own thing. Would be totally awesome if they had a sound system that could enhance the walk. Nice clear paths, beautiful views of the river. the cemetary is so tiny but that is what makes it nice, only one grave is identified. Great safe place for a family to take a stroll and get some civil war education at the same time

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Civil War Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Lots of work being done to the area. There is a Civil War cemetery that is still tended to by family members...pretty cool. Quiet, it is a bit of a hike from the parking lot, but worth it. Make sure to read the trail markers for the historical background

Visited April 2012
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Maryland
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“Small, Compact Battlefield Worth A Short Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

This battlefield, site of a Confederate rout of Union forces on October 21, 1861, is worth a short visit. With an easy walk you get a view of the compact field of battle, where the various lines are explained by signs (and, on weekends, apparently, tour guides; one was finishing his tour when we arrived and he appeared committed to sharing the history of this site with those on his tour). In spring and summer, when the foliage is full, it can be hard to see the river without trekking down some of the paths, but this place is so compact you won't exert yourself to do so. Tip: Check out their website before visiting for a good video narrated by Roger Mudd that explains the history and significance of this early Civil War battle.

Visited May 2012
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great hiking trails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

FREE! Great light hiking with the added bonus of a historical battlefield..

Visited October 2011
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