Battle of Balls Bluff

DavidM

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I want to learn more about the Battle of Balls Bluff. I got my hands on the following books:

Battle at Balls Bluff by Kim Holien
Balls Bluff by Byron Farwell
The Battle of Balls Bluff by Bill Howard
A Little Short of Boats by James Morgan

Are any of these not worth reading/bad and should clearly be skipped? I have heard that Morgan's is at the top of the list, in terms of what is best. I could start with one of the others but wasn't sure if I would need to un-learn anything when I get to Morgan's. Do you have any recommendations?
 

Claude Bauer

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I want to learn more about the Battle of Balls Bluff. I got my hands on the following books:

Battle at Balls Bluff by Kim Holien
Balls Bluff by Byron Farwell
The Battle of Balls Bluff by Bill Howard
A Little Short of Boats by James Morgan

Are any of these not worth reading/bad and should clearly be skipped? I have heard that Morgan's is at the top of the list, in terms of what is best. I could start with one of the others but wasn't sure if I would need to un-learn anything when I get to Morgan's. Do you have any recommendations?
There's also an event there yearly commemorating the anniversary of the battle on a weekend near the date. It's a small event with rangers, site volunteers and Union and Confederate camps. They staged a skirmish for the spectators last year and talked with the spectators about life in the camps, weapons, etc.
 

DixieRifles

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Are any of these not worth reading/bad and should clearly be skipped?

"The Maps of First Bull Run--An Atlas of the First Bull Run(Manassas) Campaign including the Battle of Ball's Bluff, June-October 1861"
by Bradley M. Gottfried.

That title is long but as you see it includes Battle of Ball's Bluff. Maps #41 thru #51 covers the action at Ball's Bluff in great detail. Text is brief but does explain the events.
 
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