The Significance of the Battle of Ball's Bluff

Authors and historians talked about the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in Leesburg, Virginia, on October 21, 1861, six months into the Civil… read more

Authors and historians talked about the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in Leesburg, Virginia, on October 21, 1861, six months into the Civil War. They placed the battle in context and discussed the specific events of the battle, including the death of Oregon Senator Edward Dickinson Baker. A Union colonel, he is the only sitting United States senator ever killed in a military action. This death, as well as the other circumstances of the battle, resulted in an investigative review by Congress leading to the establishment of the Congressional Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. Some of the scholars argued that this action led Union leaders to second-guess decisions throughout the remainder of the war. After the presentations, the panelists responded to questions from members of the audience in the Morven Park Mansion ballroom on October 20, 2011.

“The Significance of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff,” held on the eve of the anniversary, was the opening event of the sesquicentennial weekend. close

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302234-1
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Public Affairs Event
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Location:
Leesburg, Virginia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 26, 2011
Last Aired:
Nov 27, 2011

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  • Nov 26, 2011 | 6:02pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 26, 2011 | 10:27pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 27, 2011 | 11:01am EST | C-SPAN 3
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