Tag Archives: Charles Stone

Remembering Ball’s Bluff

Today is the anniversary of the 1861 battle of Ball’s Bluff. A small affair by the standards established later in the war, the battle nonetheless had a magnified impact because it directly led to the establishment of the Joint Committee … Continue reading

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Review: A Little Short of Boats by James Morgan III

With the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff coming up, I wanted to take a minute to plug James Morgan’s fantastic little book about the battle, A Little Short of Boats: The Battles of Balls’ Bluff & Edwards … Continue reading

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Ball’s Bluff and the Fall of Charles Stone

Second in a series When Union forces tumbled into the Potomac River on the evening of October 21, 1861, following their rout at Ball’s Bluff, the disaster was just beginning. The ripples from that plunge would be felt all the way … Continue reading

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One of the Smallest–and Most Significant–Battles of the War

Once bodies started floating down the Potomac past Washington, it was tough for officials in the capital to overlook the battle at Ball’s Bluff. It was bad enough that the Union forces there had been soundly trounced. Of the 1,700 … Continue reading

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