Battle Of Ball’s Bluff, Edward Dickinson Baker, Loudon County, Virginia

The Battle Of Ball’s Bluff

On October 20th, 1861, union reconnaissance troops caught sight of what they believed was an unguarded confederate camp. Union General Charles Stone gathered troops from Maryland to attack the camp.

U.S. Senator Edward Dickinson Baker, whom was a friend of Abraham Lincoln, died in the battle and was the only U.S. Senator to ever die in battle. Balls Bluff was a humiliating defeat from the union and General Charles Stone was fired from his position and sentenced to six months in jail for his failure there.

In present day the area of Ball’s Bluff is a Battlefield Park.

Loudon County, Virginia

Loudon County, Virginia – Named After John Campell A Former Colonial Governor Of Virginia

In 1757, the Virginia House of Burgesses established Loudon County, from part of Fairfax County. Loundon County was named after John Campbell, a former member of the British army and the Fourth Earl of Loudoun.

Painting of John Campell, Fourth Earl of Loudoun.

In 1745, John Campbell raised a regiment of soldiers to fight against militias fighting for Prince Charles Edward Stuart, whom were attempting to overthrow King George II, of the Hanoverian dynasty, during the Jacobite Rebellion . On March 20, 1756, during the French and Indian War, John Campbell was made the Commander-in-Chief of all of the British soldiers in colonial America. In addition, in 1756, Campell served as the colonial Governor of Virginia, a position he had until 1757.

Author’s Note:

Author Philip Hamilton is a former resident of Loundon County and has an older brother John Hamilton and sister Jennifer Lorenz whom currently live in the county.