The Battle of Ball's Bluff: All the Drowned Soldiers

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Three months after the Civil War's first important battle at Manassas in 1861, Union and Confederate armies met again near the sleepy town of Leesburg. What began as a simple scouting mission evolved into a full-scale battle when a regiment of Union soldiers unexpectedly encountered a detachment of Confederate cavalry. The Confederates pushed forward and scattered the Union line. Soldiers drowned trying to escape back to Union lines on the other side of the Potomac River. A congressional investigation of the battle had long-lasting effects on the war's political and military administration. Bill Howard narrates the history of the battle as well as its thorny aftermath.
ISBN: 9781467140737
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Civil War
Images: 82
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Bill Howard is a New York–based author and historian who has published numerous books and articles about military and social history. He graduated from Manhattanville College (BA, 1983) with a degree in American studies and was a Herbert H. Lehman Fellow at the University at Albany Graduate School of Public Affairs (MA, 1984). While serving in state government, Howard spearheaded efforts to establish a New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, and served as a board member of the NYS Archives Partnership Trust.