Ball’s Bluff Battle Anniversary Marked with Events Saturday

A full day of events is planned Saturday to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Balls Bluff.

Organized by the Friends of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield, the program begins at 11 a.m. with a free guided tour along with cannon and musket firing demonstrations. Re-enactors will display the equipment, clothing, tents and personal gear prevalent during the Civil War. The tour will be repeated at 1 p.m.

At 7 p.m., visitors will be invited to walk a candle-lit path to the Ball’s Bluff Cemetery for a short ceremony including poetry, a choral group, gun salute and playing of Taps to memorialize the 259 Confederate and Union soldiers killed on the battlefield. Attendees are invited to bring folding chairs.

The free battlefield tours continue on weekends through November, and explain the significance of the battle, which took place on Oct. 21, 1861, three months after the first battle at Manassas.

The battlefield is at the end of Ball’s Bluff Road off Battlefield Boulevard in the Potomac Crossing subdivision.

For more information, contact Tom Hutt at usna60@aol.com or 703-727-4356.

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