Saturday, March 8, 1862
The town of Leesburg, Virginia, was abandoned by the Confederates and occupied by General John W. Geary. Capturing Leesburg was the objective of the ill-fated encounter at Ball's Bluff. General Geary was wounded and captured at Ball's Bluff, but he was fortunate to receive an expedited exchange.1
1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 78.