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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jeffl499
Alexandria, VA1,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
In the northeast part of Leesburg, Ball's Bluff has six interconnected trails as well as access to the Potomac Heritage Trail along the Potomac. The trails are nicely constructed and maintained so walking is enjoyable. However, the intersection with history here brings a new perspective to a hiker. This is home to one of the first skirmishes in the Civil War with Union troops crossing the Potomac, encountering the Virginia Regiment and being beaten solidly. An interpretive trail winds through the battle field, intersects with a cemetery, borders some cannon and leads to an overlook on the Potomac. The narrative account of the battle as well as the summary of those killed, injured and taken prisoner is comprehensive but also sobering. An interesting and important place to visit in Leesburg.
Written August 25, 2014
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Kate Illinois1
Illinois4,764 contributions
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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 June 30, 2021
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12Trish12
Swindon, UK61 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Friends
We went to Ball's Bluff Battlefield or a 1.8 mile walk. Most of the area is woodland with various trails of different lengths. There is a small cemetery, some cannons (not sure if replica) and a lot of very interesting notices which describe the battle and features about it. We found the walk to be slightly challenging due to many fallen trees which had to be stepped over plus lots of tree roots and uneven ground. We only saw one other person - which was great. We did encounter 8 deer who did not hang around long enough for a photo. Decent size car park. There is a portaloo but it was not very clean - so best not use it. I believe guided tours are also offered but we arrived late in the afternoon.
Written September 28, 2018
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Lisa L
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
We visited this location on a cool Sunday morning expecting little and were pleasantly surprised to arrive around 11am for a very thorough and informative guided 1.5 hr tour by James. He really knew the history and events well and gave a lot of interesting tidbits. The walk was short and comfortable, and the view of the Potomac was beautiful. I would highly recommend taking one of the free guided tours!
Written March 29, 2015
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Ellie and Jeff W
Santa Clarita, CA27 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Couples
The Battle of Ball's Bluff is less well-known than most civil war battles, but it was an important one. Since our neighborhood is on the battlefield, we like to go over to the park for an easy "hike" with our young kids. Great view of the river and some interesting history. Love it on a Fall day.
Written December 2, 2014
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JDB
Scottsdale, AZ5,022 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Business
great war time history. great for a day hike as the area is in the woods and perfect for a fall time get away with the leaves changing color. would recommend coming out here if you are close by.
Written July 15, 2014
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Mfclingan
Frederick, MD810 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
What a hidden treasure. Nestled in the midst of a housing development this park offers a small history lesson and lots of hiking trails. The trails are rustic and in some places rough going, but a wonderful place to visit and the scenery by the river is awesome!
Written June 25, 2014
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LeesburgWineLady
Leesburg76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
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
Written September 13, 2012
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Robert a
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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 March 16, 2022
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ITRT
Virginia44,720 contributions
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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 November 20, 2020
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