Balls Bluff
Balls Bluff: A Small Battle and Its Long Shadow

Confederate troops scored what was probably the most complete victory by either side in the Civil War at a place called Ball's Bluff, thirty-five miles west of Washington, DC, on the Virginia bank of the Potomac River. Union soldiers were driven in a panic off the high bluff into the river, where many of them drowned

Ball's Bluff
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October 21, 1861

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Confederate Brigadier General Nathan "Shanks" Evans stopped a badly coordinated attempt by Union forces under Brigadier General Charles P. Stone to cross the Potomac at Harrison's Island and capture Leesburg.

A timely Confederate counter attack drove the Federals over the bluff and into the river. More than 700 Federals were captured.

Col. Edward D. Baker (a U.S. Senator) was killed. This Union rout had severe political ramifications in Washington and led to the establishment of the Congressional Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War.

Result(s): Confederate victory

Location: Loudoun County

Campaign: McClellan's Operations in Northern Virginia (October-December 1861) next battle in campaign

Date(s): October 21, 1861

Principal Commanders: Brigadier General Charles P. Stone and Col. Edward Baker [US]; Brigadier General Nathan G. Evans [CS]

Forces Engaged: 3,600 total (US 2,000; CS 1,600)

Estimated Casualties: 1,070 total (US 921; CS 149)




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