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Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

Leesburg, Virginia
County of Loudoun.
Vicinity of Leesburg
National Register Number: 84003880
Resource type: District.
Property type: Defense - battle site.
Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: National Cemetery.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 27, 1984):
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.


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