Balls Bluff

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Balls Bluff,

hill on the south bank of the Potomac River, near Leesburg, Va. In the Civil War, Union troops who had crossed the river were severely repulsed there on Oct. 21, 1861. Dissatisfaction with that defeat and with the general inactivity of the Union armies led to the organization of a joint congressional committee on the conduct of the war.
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He had already paid a full measure of duty for the Union when he lost his left leg in the Battle of Balls Bluff, Va.