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Ball's Bluff Battlefield and Cemetery

  • Address:
    Ball's Bluff Road
    Leesburg, VA 20176
  • Phone:
    (703) 737-7800
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The site of a resounding victory for the Confederacy, the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield & Cemetery mark the spot where Union forces under the command of Gen. George B. McClellan were overwhelmed attempting to cross the Potomac and capture Leesburg. Confederate troops, led by Colonel Nathan "Shanks" Evans and Eppa Hunton overwhelmed the Union advance, and many of its soldiers were driven over the bluff and into the river where they drowned. Bodies floating downriver to Washington underscored the horrific reality of the war for the public.