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A Visit to the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield, May 1, 2013

Well worth a visit.

These photos were taken on May 1, 2013 in the early evening, between 6 and 7 pm. After leaving a busy commercial and residential area, the regional battlefield park is entered through a dirt road which comes to a large parking area.

There are signs to guide the visitor to the battlefield and surrounding area and many informative wayside markers and maps explaining the action that occurred during the battle. There is also a small national cemetery with 18 headstones, all marked unknown except one. Nearby the cemetery is a marker noting the location where United States Senator Edward Baker (R, Oregon) was killed while leading Union forces.

Well-maintained trails lead down to the Potomac River where you can look up at the 80-foot bluff. There are benches in several places where you can sit and soak up the historical significance of what went on there.

The five-minute video at the bottom of this page is well worth watching.

Video about the Ball’s Bluff battle.

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Park