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Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery
Battlefield Parkway, Route 15, Leesburg, VA
703-779-9372
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Ranked #9 of 71 things to do in Leesburg
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Owner description: A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the Civil War.
Tacoma
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

the park was wonderful. Saw deer grazing while visiting. I was also within walking distance from the relatives home we were visiting

Visited July 2013
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Leesburg, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“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
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“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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90 reviews 90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“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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