Complete Ball's Bluff!
After crossing the Potomac River based on faulty intelligence, the 15th Massachusetts found themselves deployed near the Jackson house at Ball's Bluff on the morning of October 21, 1861. The Confederate camp they were supposed to raid turned out to be nothing more than a line of trees. The crack of muskety announced the arrival of Mississippians and Virginians who gradually forced the Federals back during the day and set the stage for the Union disaster that followed.
The Civil War Trust now has the opportunity to preserve the site of the historic Jackson House at Ball's Bluff where members of the 15th Massachusetts tried to fend of attacks by the 21st Mississippi. These three crucial acres abutting previously saved land are the last remaining acres to be saved at Ball's Bluff. That's right--save these three acres and the Ball's Bluff battlefield is complete!
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Featured Online Resources
- The Accidental Battle of Ball's Bluff by Jim Morgan
- The Battle of Ball's Bluff: Then & Now with Jim Morgan
- Recreating Disaster: The 150th Anniversary of Ball's Bluff
- Ball's Bluff: An Overview (US Army)
- Order of Battle: Ball's Bluff (PDF)
- Official Records: Battle of Ball's Bluff
- Historical Markers: Battle of Ball's Bluff
- Harper's Weekly Coverage of the Battle of Ball's Bluff