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One of the smallest national cemeteries in the U.S. is located at Ball's Bluff Regional Park, site of an 1861 Civil War battle in Leesburg, Virginia.  The Battle of Ball's Bluff - the largest Civil War engagement fought in Loudoun County, and the only time in history where a U.S. senator died in combat - ended as a rout of Union troops by the Confederates.  A number of Union soldiers drowned or were picked off as they panicked and tried to cross the nearby Potomac to safety.

Copyright 2008, Patricia Lowhorn

One of the smallest national cemeteries in the U.S. is located at Ball's Bluff Regional Park, site of an 1861 Civil War battle in Leesburg, Virginia. The Battle of Ball's Bluff - the largest Civil War engagement fought in Loudoun County, and the only time in history where a U.S. senator died in combat - ended as a rout of Union troops by the Confederates. A number of Union soldiers drowned or were picked off as they panicked and tried to cross the nearby Potomac to safety.