Oak Hill Studio will donate the proceeds of the sale of downloads and prints to the preservation of the Civil War sites and the art of reenacting. The donations will be made in the name of the reenactors for their commendable efforts. If you cannot afford to donate please contact me and I will arrange for an electronic coupon. The 150 anniversary was held on Saturday October 22, 2011. Bill Reagan - 23rd Va. Vol. Inf'y ;Company B, 8th Virginia. About half the troops were from the once and future IVR: the 15th Virginia, 23rd Virginia, and Princess Anne Grays. The other half were composed of troops from the 27th Virginia (ANV) and I believe a few from the Chesapeake Volunteer Guard. Company E, CVG. 18th Mississippi was portrayed by the Carolina Legion . 3rd US and 71st PA. The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, fought on October 21, 1861, generally has been interpreted as a deliberate Union attempt to take Leesburg. In fact, it resulted from a faulty intelligence report. Hearing that the Confederates had abandoned Leesburg on October 17th, Gen. George McClellan ordered Gen. George McCall to advance his 12,000-man division from its camp in Langley to Dranesville and, from there, to probe toward Leesburg. It was true that the Confederates had left but they returned two days later, thus causing some confusion in McClellan’s headquarters. Based on misunderstood orders from Maj. Gen. George McClellan, Brig. Gen. Charles Stone sent a small scouting party across the Potomac River in the vicinity of Leesburg, VA on the evening of October 20, 1861. The party returned to Stone with an erroneous report of an unguarded camp. Stone decided to take advantage of this opportunity with a nighttime raid and sent about 300 men under Colonel Charles Devens back across the river. As dawn broke on the 21st, Mississippians under Colonel Nathan “Shanks” Evans encountered Devens’ advanced units and a sharp skirmish began. A complete rout of Union forces ensued as Evans’ triumphant Mississippians drove the Yankees over a steep bluff into the river, firing into the backs of those who attempted to swim for safety. Included amongst those killed was Union Colonel and Senator Edward Baker, the only sitting U.S. Senator ever to be killed in battle. The Battle of Ball’s Bluff had serious political ramifications in Washington. As a result, a concerned Congress established the Congressional Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, which would lead Union commanders to second-guess their decisions for the rest of the conflict

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