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A number of the Union soldiers killed in the fight washed up along the Potomac River as r down stream as Washington, D.C.

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Of the Union casualties, the most significant was Senator Edward Baker of Pennsylvania. Baker, colonel of the 71stPennsylvaniaInntry has the distinction to be the only U.S. Senator in history killed in battle. He was mortally wounded at about 4:30 p.m. that day.

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Balls Bluff, while being a minor engagementcomparedto later battles, did have serious politicalrepercussions. Due to the death of Senator Baker and the uneven number of casualties, Congress formed theCongressionalJoint Committee on the War, which investigated army actions and caused commanders to perhaps be more cautious than they would have been otherwise.

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When Federal troops under the command of Gen. Charles Stone tried to cross the Potomac River at this point on October 21, 1861, a sharp fight ensued and the Yankees were badlyrepulsedby Confederates underGeneralNathan Shanks Evans.

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During the panicked retreat the Federals were driven down the extremely steep slope that led to the Potomac River.

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For more on the Battle of Balls Bluff check out the Civil War Trusts page on this engagement:

I also had the pleasure of stopping in Leesburg to visit the Balls Bluff Battlefield. I had passed near the battlefield on Highway 15 a number of times over the years, but had not taken the time to see what is there.

If you havent heard of the Battle of Balls Bluff dont worry, its not the most well-known engagement. The fight was one of a number of Confederate successes, along with First Manassas and Wilsons Creek, in the summer and ll of 1861. While these early victories boosted morale in the South, none proved to be very decisive.

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Boats that attempted to ferry the Union soldiers back to the Maryland side of the river capsized and soldiers ran directly into the water attempting to avoid capture. Many drowned and made easy targets for the Confederates in pursuit.

One of the most noticeable features of the battlefield today is the tiny National Cemetery. It is the resting place of 54 soldiers killed at the battle. The totalcasualtiesfor the Union was 223 killed, 226 wounded and 553 captured. The Confederates only suffered about - casualties in the lopsided engagement.

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