Battle of Ball's Bluff: Staff Ride Guide [NOOK Book]

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The Battle of Ball's Bluff provides important lessons in small unit actions, leadership, tactical planning, and the role of courage and military professionalism under fire.

On the night of 20 October 1861, Union Brig. Gen. Charles P. Stone set out to attack what had been reported as a small, unguarded Confederate camp near Leesburg, Virginia. Later, after Stone learned there was no camp, he allowed the operation to continue, now modified to ...
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Overview

The Battle of Ball's Bluff provides important lessons in small unit actions, leadership, tactical planning, and the role of courage and military professionalism under fire.

On the night of 20 October 1861, Union Brig. Gen. Charles P. Stone set out to attack what had been reported as a small, unguarded Confederate camp near Leesburg, Virginia. Later, after Stone learned there was no camp, he allowed the operation to continue, now modified to capture Leesburg itself. But a lack of adequate communication, problems with logistics, and violations of the principles of war hampered the operation. What was originally meant to be a small raid turned into a military disaster.

The action resulted in the death of a popular U.S. senator and long-time friend of President Abraham Lincoln, the arrest and imprisonment of General Stone, and the creation of a congressional oversight committee that would keep senior Union commanders looking over their shoulders for the remainder of the war. For such a small and relatively insignificant military action, Ball's Bluff would cast a long shadow.
The purpose of this Ball's Bluff staff ride is to learn from the past by analyzing the battle through the eyes of the men who were there, both leaders and rank-and-file soldiers. The battle contains many lessons in command and control, communications, intelligence, weapons technology versus tactics, and the ever-present confusion, or "fog," of battle.

This account is drawn principally from contemporary after action reports and from the sworn testimony of participants before the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, a congressional entity created to investigate the Union defeats at First Bull Run and Ball's Bluff.

The U.S. Army has long used the staff ride as a tool for professional development, conveying the lessons of the past to contemporary soldiers. To support the Army's initiatives, the Center is publishing staff ride guides such as this one on the Battle of Ball's Bluff, Virginia.

Newly reformatted for the Kindle, this edition is packed with photographs and maps, setting the stage of the battle with visual impact, and bringing the characters to life. (As with the print edition, all images except the cover art are in black and white.)

Author Ted Ballard has been a historian with the U.S. Army Center of Military History since 1980 and a part of the Center's staff ride program since 1986. Battle of Ball's Bluff joins his other battlefield guides to First and Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Wilderness/Spotsylvania. In addition to being the author of numerous articles on military history, he was a contributor to the Center's publication, The Story of the Noncommissioned Officer Cops; the author of Rhineland, a brochure in the Center's series commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of World War II; and a contributor to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command publication, American Military Heritage, and to the Virginia Army National Guard publication, The Tradition Continues: A History of the Virginia National Guard, 160 7-1985.


Table of Contents:

Foreward
Preface
Ball's Bluff: An Overview
Prelude to Battle
The Battle
Summary
Further Readings
Chronology
Order of Battle, October 1861
Casualties
Organization
Tactics
Small Arms
Artillery
Logistics
Tactics
Selected Biographical Sketches
About the Author
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013964556
  • Publisher: Estonishing
  • Publication date: 2/20/2012
  • Series: American Civil War History , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 92
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ted Ballard has been a historian with the U.S. Army Center of Military History since 1980 and a part of the Center's staff ride program since 1986. Battle of Ball's Bluff joins his other battlefield guides to First and Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Wilderness/Spotsylvania. In addition to being the author of numerous articles on military history, he was a contributor to the Center's publication, The Story of the Noncommissioned Officer Cops; the author of Rhineland, a brochure in the Center's series commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of World War II; and a contributor to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command publication,American Military Heritage, and to the Virginia Army National Guard publication, The Tradition Continues: A History of the Virginia National Guard, 160 7-1985
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Highly detailed

    This book starts out with giving you a description of what went down. You get the before, middle and after of the Battle of Ball's Bluff. If that's not detailed enough for you, the chronology section is absolutely unlike anything that I've seen. An example, 19 October 1861 General Joseph E. Johnston withdraws the Confederate Army of the Potomac from the vicinity of Washington and establishes a defensive position near Centreville, Virginia. Johnston's 7th Brigade, commanded by Col. Nathan G. Evans, remains near Leesburg to guard crossing sites on the Potomac River. As you can see, this is remarkably descriptive. The chronlogy section goes on to give you exact times and places that shots were called and who called them. There's so much more to this book, if you're intested in learning about the Battle of Ball's Bluff or want to enhance your Civil War collection, grab this one! The author does a fantastic job.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Another winning book

    Being a fan of the work by Ted Ballard, I had to snatch up this book and add it to my collection. As with his other books, this one does not disappoint either. You will find everything you need to know about the Battle of Ball's Bluff. The author does a wonderful job with detailing and it's always in an easy to read way. Filled with photos and maps and incredibly interesting accounts from the soldier's point of view. This battle seems to be overlooked at times, but in fact, it is an important part of the Civil War history. I recommend you add this one to your arsenal of knowledge.

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