Ball's Bluff Confederate order of battle

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The following Confederate States Army units and commanders fought in the Battle of Ball's Bluff of the American Civil War, fought from October 20 to October 24, 1861 in Loudoun County, Virginia, also known as the Battle of Leesburg or the Battle of Harrison's Island. The Union order of battle is shown separately.

Abbreviations used[edit]

Military rank[edit]


  • w = wounded
  • mw = mortally wounded
  • k = killed

Confederate Forces Around Ball’s Bluff and Edwards’ Ferry[edit]

Col[1] Nathan “Shanks” Evans

Army of the Potomac[edit]

GEN Joseph E. Johnston (not present)

Brigade Regiments and Others

Seventh Brigade[2]
   Col Nathan Evans


   Ltc Walter Jenifer

  • Chesterfield Light Dragoons (company strength): Cpt William B. Ball
  • Loudoun Cavalry (company strength): Cpt William W. Mead
  • Madison Invincibles (company strength): Cpt William Thomas
  • Powhattan Troop (company strength): Cpt John F. Lay
  • Wise Dragoons (company strength): Lt James Morehead
  • Richmond Howitzers, 1st Co.: Cpt John C. Shields


  • Morgan, James A., III (2004). A Little Short of Boats: The Fights at Ball's Bluff and Edwards Ferry, October 21–22, 1862; a history and tour guide. Discovering Civil War America. 2. Fort Mitchell, Kentucky: Ironclad Publishing. pp. 225–228. ISBN 0-9673770-4-8. 


  1. ^ Evans received promotion to brigadier general for his actions at First Bull Run and the Battle of Ball's Bluff effective October 21, the day of most of the action at Ball’s Bluff
  2. ^ On October 22, Evans’ command was made the Fourth Brigade of the Fourth Division of a newly reorganized Army of the Potomac, but, as he was already engaged with Union forces and as this new organization would only last a few days, before it was replaced with another new hierarchy, it had no impact on command during the battle.