Jim Morgan III is one of the most knowledgeable historians on the 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff, one of the earlier and most stunning (at the time) early battles of the Civil War. Union troops, confident of victory, attacked Confederate positions on the bluffs above the Potomac River near Leesburg, Virginia. When the swirling and often confused fighting ended, the Yankees had been routed, their nationally known leader (a personal friend of President Lincoln and a U.S. Senator) was dead, and bodies drifted in the river downstream toward Washington. The North reacted with horror and shock at the unexpected setback.
Come hear Jim tell the tale of Ball’s Bluff and Senator Edward Baker, the only sitting U.S. Senator ever killed in warfare. Jim will present a talk on the battle at the October 19, 2011, meeting of the York Civil War Round Table at 7:00 p.m. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. It will be held in the auditorium of the historical museum of the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market Street, York, Pennsylvania. Parking is also free.
After the talk, Jim will answer questions and autograph copies of his popular book, A Little Short of Boats: The Fights at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards’ Ferry, October 21-22, 1861. This year, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of those battles, Savas Beatie has published an updated edition of Jim’s book, which much new information gathered since the original 2004 edition from Ironclad Publishing.
* For a three-part series with photos of Jim’s past tour of Ball’s Bluff with the York CWRT in 2010, click here.
* For an fascinating interview with author and tour guide Jim Morgan, click here to go to Harry Smeltzer’s Bull Runnings blog.