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[] Join in a day of events commemorating the -th Anniversary of the Battle of Balls Bluff. There will be Union and Confederate camps, artillery demonstrations (noon), and an infantry skirmish demonstration (2:00). One-hour tours will be hosted at 11:00 and 1:00. The program will finish with an illumination and memorial program from 7:00 to 8:30. Free; no registration necessary. Learn more about Balls Bluff Battlefield. []

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Across the open field, you can visit one of the smallest National Military Cemeteries in America. The cemetery includes 25 headstones and the remains of 54 Union soldiers killed during the Battle of Balls Bluff.

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A few miles of trails connect through the park so youll have several options for the length and focus of your hike.

The Battlefield Interpretive Loop is .8 miles on a mostly level dirt path through woods and open fields and is a great option for anyone interested in Civil War history.

Most of the trails start at the parking lot and are well-marked. There are no facilities, and the open battlefield can be pretty hot in summer, so bring plenty of water.

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The trails are a great option for birding and a quiet nature hike not far from Leesburg center. In the spring, youll find beautiful wildflowers and other creatures, especially near the river.

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Cannons and additional signs near the cemetery help tell the story of Union and Confederate clashes during the battle.

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If you have extra time, consider a visit to nearbyRed Rock Wilderness Overlook Park, for more shady hiking and interesting history in Leesburg.

All the remains are unidentified except for Private James Allen, who fought with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

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Hiking and History at Balls Bluff Battlefield Park in Leesburg

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On weekends, from April 4th through November 29th, battlefield tours are held at 11:00 and 1:00. Take a guided tour around the battlefield to learn about the tragic Battle of Balls Bluff on a fateful October day in 1861. The tour is free and no registrations are required. Call  or e-mail at for info.

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The Battle of Balls Bluff was fairly small compared to the more well-known conflict at Manassas, but it resulted in political controversy and consequences that affected later battles.

With mostly shady trails, varying terrain, and interesting, well-marked historic sites,Balls Bluff Battlefield Regional Parkin Leesburg made our list of8 Great Summer Hikes in Northern Virginia.

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By the end of the battle, the Union forces were nearly destroyed, and Abraham Lincolns lifelong friend, Senator and Colonel Edward Baker was dead. His death, and rumors about the battle, prompted Congress to arrest General Stone and charge him with disloyalty and treason. Union commanders would later fail to act for fear of similar retribution from Congress.

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For a longer hike around the parks perimeter, take the Orange Trail down to the Potomac River, then follow the Potomac Heritage Trail along the river, returning on the Red, Yellow, or Blue Trail. If you hike to the river youll encounter some steep sections which can be slippery after rain.

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Youll find informative signs along the hike, beginning at the interpretive area near the parking lot.

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Balls Bluff was the site of the first Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County, and the park has an excellent interpretive trail that explains how the battle unfolded. Other trails include sometimes steep, wooded hikes to the Potomac River and a segment of the Potomac Heritage Trail.

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A mistaken report of a Confederate camp prompted General Stone to send Union troops across to the bluff, under the command of Colonel Edward Baker. A battle ensued with Confederate troops pushing the Union troops back toward the bluff and river.

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