from the Battle of Ball's Bluff

Shoaf, Dana
August 2009
Military History;Aug/Sep2009, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p17
The article reflects on the mistakes of the Union troops in executing their tactics at the Battle of Ball's Bluff in Virginia in October 1861. It recalls the collapse of the U.S. federal line during the combat with rebels, as troops rushed in confusion over the cliff and withdrew to the river bank after Colonel Edward Baker was shot by a marksman. It was stated that approximately 1,000 of the Union soldiers were killed, injured and captured at the battle while only 155 of the 1,720 Confederates were killed.


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