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“Little known Civil War battlefield” 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 #5 of 50 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.
Leesburg, Virginia
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“Little known Civil War battlefield”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is one of those out of the way places that few ever visit, but should. It is home to the smallest national cemetery in the US and is the scene of of one of the earliest battles of the Civil War, and one which had a profound impact on the Union. The only US Senator ever killed in combat died here. A close personal friend of Lincoln, his death along with that of many union soldiers shaped the conduct of the war for several years. Hidden away at the back of a subdivision, you should visit it if you have any interest in history or the civil war.

Visited April 2013
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Marianna, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“Unknown Battle site.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

For the history buff or for a nice evening walk, this hidden park is very nice.Tucked away in the bustling suburbs of Leesburg you will find the site of an accidental Civil War skirmish. At the end of the trail you will find a Union cemetery with graves of the unknown troops who fell that day. In the parking lot you will find a sign denoting the length of each trail. Also is a brochure describing a self-guided walking tour. Interpreter led tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays for an hour or two..

Visited July 2013
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littlestown
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“historical park ....great forall ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The easy to difficult longer walks were fairly well marked. Good educational services. I liked going here with my dog on a leash.

Visited July 2013
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Stephens City, Virginia
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“Nice afternoon destination”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Looking for a nice walking train and learn some history at the same time? This is it. Close to Leesburg, but you need to go there to get there type of destination. The walk to the River is easy, but the long way back is a bear and quite long. Signs are informative and the battle, while small, was significant early in the war. Pack a snack, water bottle, and wear conformable walking shoes or boots if waling the longer trail. Nice romantic hide-a-way date destination. Quiet and intimate, but close to civilization and in a populated area.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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“A nice hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We often hike this trail on Thanksgiving morning. It is a nice length, about 50 minutes round trip. It is not steep, so it is fine for little kids. I suggest reading up on the battle so it is more meaningful when you reach the Potomac River and realize what happened. There is also a tiny cemetery that you pass by. It has never been crowded when we go, but I guess it could be.

Visited November 2012
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