Nearby is the likely site of the Confederate "masked battery" (concealed artillery) that was an object of Federal concern early in the Civil War. On 21 Oct. 1861, elements of the 13th Mississippi Infantry near there engaged 35 horsemen of the 3rd New York Cavalry sent to draw attention from the Union force upriver at Ball's Bluff and to reconnoiter Confederate positions in the direction of Leesburg. After a brief firefight, the New Yorkers withdrew to Edwards Ferry. The Confederate victor at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, Col. Nathan G. "Shanks" Evans, was later promoted to brigadier general, while the Union commander, Brig. Gen. Charles P. Stone, was imprisoned as the scapegoat for the Federal defeat.
Date Approved by DHR: 03/16/05
Year On Marker: 2005
Geographic Location: Loudoun County
Physical Description of Location: Leesburg, VA 20176. Located on State Route 773, 0.75 miles east of the intersection of State Route 773 and Leesburg Highway (Hwy 15). Marker is on the left when traveling east on State Route 773.
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