Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia

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Description 

In October 1861, to quiet his critics, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan ordered Union troops stationed along the Potomac between Edwards Ferry and Harpers Ferry to make "a slight demonstration" and draw out the Confederate force based in Leesburg. The resultant Union defeat here on October 21, 1861, led to the creation of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, the first major exercise of Congressional authority to oversee and investigate operations of the Federal Executive Branch. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 27, 1984

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 27, 1984
Reference number
84003880
Areas of significance
Military; Politics/Government
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
District
Historic function
Battle site
Current function
Cemetery
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1861
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 2