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Harrison Island and Ball's Bluff

On October 21, 1861, Union soldiers under the command of Col. Baker fought a disastrous battle here.

Union soldiers crossed the Potomac River on October 21, 1861, heading south towards Leesburg. The Union advance halted at the road to Edward's Ferry and waited for support. By the time Colonel (and Senator from Oregon) Edward "Ned" Baker arrived, the units were under attack. Driven back to the river, the men could not cross because of inadaquate boats. Many drowned trying to swim back to Harrison Island

Image added on:January 23, 2006


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