The Battle of Ball's Bluff (Virginia), also known as the Battle of Harrison's Island or the Battle of Leesburg, took place on October 21, 1861. It was the second largest battle in the Eastern Theatre in 1861, though it was a minor engagement compared with battles fought in later years of the War. It was a Confederate victory; 500+ Union soldiers were captured. Col. Edward D. Baker, a sitting U.S. Senator, was killed.
This Union rout had severe political ramifications in Washington and led to the establishment of the Congressional Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. At the time, however, it did not receive as extensive coverage in periodicals such as Harper's and New York Illustrated News as some of the previous battles; perhaps readers were already tired of images of battlefields.
New York State troops that were involved in the Battle of Ball's Bluff, according to New York in the War of the Rebellion (vol. 1), were a detachment of the 6th Independent Battery (Light Artillery) and the 42nd Infantry (Tammany Regiment).
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|Our Army at Edwards's Ferry, on the Potomac, opposite Leesburg||Harper's Weekly,
November 9, 1861,
|Camp in the Woods near Leesburg, Loudon County, Virginia – Virginia Infantry||Harper's Weekly,
November 9, 1861,
|General Banks' Division Crossing the Potomac Previous to the Battle of Ball's Bluff||New York Illustrated News, November 11, 1861,
|Scene on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Troops Going Up to Join Gen. Banks' Command.||New York Illustrated News, November 11, 1861,
|Battle of Ball's Bluff, Between Parts of the 15th and 20th, Tammany Regiment, Part of Baker's Brigade, and 6,000 Rebels.||New York Illustrated News, November 11, 1861,
|Provisions for the Army:
November 2, 1861,
|Shipping Horses and Horses in Stalls between Decks||Harper's Weekly,
November 2, 1861
|Beef for the Army Crossing the Long Bridge at Washington.||Harper's Weekly,
November 16, 1861,
|Shells and Their Manufacture||Harper's Weekly,
November 30, 1861
|Professor [Thaddeus S.C.] Lowe Making a Balloon Ascension on a Reconnoitering Mission to Vienna, [Virginia]||Harper's Weekly,
December 14, 1861,
|The Execution of the Deserter William Johnson in General Franklin's Division, Army of the Potomac||Harper's Weekly,
December 28, 1861,