Battle of Ball's Bluff Online Exhibit

Scene from the Battle of Ball's Bluff

A black-and-white illustration from the November 11, 1861 issue of New York Illustrated News, showing a scene from the Battle of Ball's Bluff, with Union soldiers from the Tammany Regiment and Baker's Brigade firing on Confederate troops.

Caption: Battle of Ball's Bluff, Between Parts of the 15th and 20th, Tammany Regiment, Part of Baker's Brigade, and 6,000 Rebels. From a sketch by our special artist, A. Waud. See page 26 [for related story].

Source: Illustration from New York Illustrated News, November 11, 1861, page 25.


Baker's Brigade was a brigade organized and led by Colonel Edward D. Baker, who was also a senator from Oregon. Baker was killed during the Battle of Ball's Bluff.

The Tammany Regiment, also known as the Jackson Guards, was the nickname of the 42nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which had been organized in Great Neck (Long Island) by the Tammany Society. It was mustered in on June 22, 1861 and left for Washington, D.C. the following month. The regiment was attached to Stone's brigade, Division of the Potomac, in August of 1861, and then became part of Gorman's Brigade (Stone's division, Army of the Potomac) on October 15, 1861; soon after the regiment saw action at the Battle of Ball's Bluff on October 21, 1861.

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Last Updated: December 19, 2011