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Ball's Bluff Battlefield

Ball's Bluff is one of the lesser known Civil War battles in the Washington area. In October[masked] Union troops battled an equal number of Confederates, with the Federalists utterly defeated. Among the Union dead was Colonel and Senator Edward Baker, the only US Senator ever killed in battle (see We'll hear a description of the battle from a park volunteer, have a picnic lunch, then hike around the battlefield, which borders the Potomac River.

Total Distance: 5 miles (steep going up/down the bluff)

Dogs: Allowed, leashed

Guest Expert: Park Volunteer

Leader: Ken Meyercord, (571)[masked]

Directions: From the beltway at Tyson's in Virginia, take Route 7 west towards Leesburg. Just before Leesburg, turn right onto Battlefield Parkway and follow it around to Ball's Bluff Rd. Turn right and follow the signs to the park. (Those coming from Maryland might opt to take White's Ferry, the only ferry across the Potomac River still in operation (see It's a few miles beyond Poolesville on route 107. After you've crossed on the ferry, the road will take you to US 15. Turn left (south), then take the bypass to Battlefield Parkway. Left on the parkway, then left on Ball's Bluff Road and follow the signs to the park.)



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  • Lisa

    Excellent tour guide, conveniently close to me, scenic, and interesting.

    May 5, 2013

  • Collin A.

    Great venue and the park volunteer was very knowledgeable. Thanks, Ken.

    May 4, 2013

  • Katharine

    It was a beautiful day and lots of fun. We learned a lot about a battle that was so close to home, yet unknown to most of us.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My sis and bro-in-law are visiting from Oregon. Senator Baker was Oregon's senator when he was killed. We look forward to hearing the story.

    April 25, 2013

  • Collin A.

    Collin & Melody plus Ginger, our Collie

    April 18, 2013

7 went

  • Ken
    Event Host
  • AL
    Disclaimer signed 3/23/13
  • Sultana
    Disclaimer signed 3/9/13
  • Lisa
    Disclaimer signed 5/4/13
  • Collin A. +1
    Disclaimer signed 5/4/13
  • Katharine
    Dues paid 4/4/15

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