A piece of the 13th’s puzzle saved

“Today, on the 152nd anniversary of the battle, the Civil War Trust is proud to announce that we have successfully saved the site of the Jackson House at Ball’s Bluff. Thanks to the generosity of our members we have raised the $50,000 needed to preserve these three acres where the Battle of Ball’s Bluff began.”

Among the units fighting at the house on Oct. 21, 1861, and on the somewhat larger battlefield later was the Minutemen of Attala. They were the 13th Regiment’s only involvement in the relatively small fight on the bluff near Leesburg. Its political repercussions would haunt the Lincoln administration and the Union army for the rest of the war.

“My company continued to advance until we reached the fence just left by the enemy who continued to fire upon us from the field and house, the fire being constantly returned by my men.” —from Captain Lorenzo Fletcher’s after action report on the Minutemen.

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About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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