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Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

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Address: Battlefield Parkway, Route 15, Leesburg, VA
Phone Number: +1 703-779-9372
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A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the...

A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the Civil War.

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Went hiking with my daughter and enjoyed the trail down by the river. Weather not too cooperative but not many people and good civil war locations and information. The small... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 30, 2015
PJDiver830
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Lyme, New Hampshire
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Leesburg, Virginia
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34 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016

This is a national cemetery set in a smaller park with walking trails near the Potomac Cemetery. Somewhat harder to locate as it is situated at the back of a residential subdivision. Interesting if you are into the civil war. At times there are docents who will give a guided tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2016

This has been one of my favorite places to hike at in Loudoun county for years now. Not only does it have history and signs that provide information about the battle that occurred there during the Civil War but, it has a wonderful view of the Potomac River and Maryland. Great spot to bring kids, teenagers, and adults!

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Leesburg, Virginia
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

Wonderful tour led by a costumed volunteer. Learned so much about the battle and the Civil War. I recommend!

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Lyme, New Hampshire
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Went hiking with my daughter and enjoyed the trail down by the river. Weather not too cooperative but not many people and good civil war locations and information. The small cemetery was really neat too

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Virginia
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265 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2015

This is a beautiful place for hiking, and clearly a well used park. I also learned a few things by reading the markers describing the battle and its significance.

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Dayton, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2015

The Battle of Ball's Bluff was fought in late 1861, and there are little remnants remaining of the battle on what is practically an island. Very scenic area, as this lies within the Potomac River. A few monuments and markers can be found as you hike though the bluff, and a very small cemetery, perhaps the smallest carrying the distinction... More 

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Glen Ellen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

We enjoyed the tour of this not particularly well -known battle in 1861. The small national cemetery is very nice, as the photo shows. The battle occurred not too far from Washington, D.C. This brought home the impact of the Civil War to those residents.

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Thank corkiek
Rocky Point, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2015

This park is where a small battle during the Civil War was fought. The park is easily toured in an hour or two. A pleasant wooded area to stroll around in. This park also is the home of one of the smallest national cemeteries in the country. only fifty-some interments. There is a tour led by volunteers on the weekends.... More 

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springfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2015

I first noticed this battlefield marked on a Virginia map and checked it out years ago. Then during a sister trip, I took my sister to visit the site. It was very interesting. You drive through a housing area to reach it. It's hidden way back in time. They were bringing nature and the surrounding area back to the way... More 

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015

This battlefield was small, but during the Civil War, it had serious political consequences. That is to say, it saw the death of a U.S. Senator who also happened to be a Federal officer. The park has done a very good job trying to return the battlefield to its 1861 condition. The weekend guided tour is very highly recommended. Detailed... More 

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