Sixth Annual Balls Bluff Battlefield Illumination – October 19



OCTOBER 19, 2013; 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Illumination event begins at 7:00. Path to cemetery and cemetery walls will be lined with 259 luminaria, one for each of the 223 Union and 36 Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, October 21, 1861.
Program of poetry and song, all written specifically about this battle and presented by members of Friends of Ball’s Bluff, begins at the national cemetery at 7:30.

Welcome and introduction by Tom Hutt.

Reading of Herman Melville poem, “Ball’s Bluff: A Reverie,” by Phil Flowers

Reading of Emily Dickinson poem,“When I was Small a Woman Died,” by Melissa Stutt

Reading of Gen. Frederick Lander poem, “Ball’s Bluff,” by Bill Wilkin

Singing of Henry Washburn and George F. Root song, “The Vacant Chair,” by Jim Morgan

“Taps” by bugler Rachel Neff of the Stone Bridge High School Marching Band.

Closing remarks by Tom Hutt.

About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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