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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Ball's Bluff, battle at. (search)
Ball's Bluff, battle at. In October, 1861, a National force, commanded by Gen. Charles P. Stone, was encamped between Edward's and Conrad's ferries, on the Maryland side of the upper Potomac, while the left wing of the Confederate army, under General Evans, lay at Leesburg, in Virginia. Misinformation had caused a belief that the Confederates had left Leesburg at a little past the middle of October, when General McClellan ordered General McCall, who commanded the advance of the right of the National forces in Virginia, to move forward and occupy Drainesville. At the same time he ordered General Stone to co-operate with General McCall, which he did by Map of Ball's Bluff. making a feint of crossing the river at the two ferries above named on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 20. At the same time part of a Massachusetts regiment, under Colonel Devens (see Devens, Charles), was ordered to take post upon Harrison's Island, in the Potomac, abreast of Ball's Bluff. Devens went to th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Stone, Charles Pomeroy 1824-1887 (search)
Stone, Charles Pomeroy 1824-1887 Military officer; born in Greenfield, Mass., Sept. 30, 1824; graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1845; served in the Mexican War, and was promoted captain for gallantry in the battle of Molino del ith that object in view crossed the Potomac in the night. On Oct. 21 he was attacked and defeated, with heavy loss. General Stone remained in his command till Feb. 9, 1862, when he was arrested and confined in Fort Lafayette in New York Harbor tiler under arrest, but that he would give him no orders, as he had not been assigned to him for duty. On Dec. 1, 1862, General Stone, hearing nothing further, wrote General McClellan that, as far as he could learn, the authority for his immediate arrmittee on the conduct of the war, and based on testimony taken by them. This is the substance of all the information General Stone was ever able to collect after persistent efforts. At last, on May 3, 1863, the government restored him to duty, m