Jenifer's Cavalry

Jenifer's Cavalry (HMSO)

Location: Leesburg, VA 20176 Loudoun County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 8', W 77° 31.789'

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Lieutenant Colonel Walter H. Jenifer commanded the 300-man cavalry force in Colonel Nathan "Shanks" Evan's Confederate brigade. Jenifer had some 70 troopers with him at Ball's Bluff, including portions of the Chesterfield Light Dragoons, the Loudoun Cavalry, and the Wise Dragoons. After breaking the Union line near the Jackson house, a portion of the cavalry dismounted because of the rough and wooded terrain. An estimated one-third of these men joined several companies of Mississippi infantry and fought on foot during the engagement. The rest remained mounted, scouting on the periphery some distance north of the main battlefield. The mounted men were not actively engaged in the fighting but, as Jenifer noted, were "watching the enemy's flanks during the day."
Source: Official Records of the Civil War.
Placed ByBall's Bluff Regional Park/Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 11:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 281335 N 4334620
Decimal Degrees39.13333333, -77.52981667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 8', W 77° 31.789'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 7' 60.00" N, 77° 31' 47.34" W
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Area Code(s)703, 540, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14046-14190 Veterans Park, Leesburg VA 20176, US
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