Ox Hill Battlefield Park

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12161 Monument Drive, Fairfax, VA, USA

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Andy99 Andy99
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The Civil War Comes to Fairfax County Feb 20, 2017
The Battle of Ox Hill (or Battle of Chantilly) took place on 1 September 1862. The battle was sandwiched between two much larger and more noted battles, Second Manassas and Antietam. It was a follow-up to the first and a precursor to the second. Though a small action, as these engagements go, there were nevertheless two Union generals among the casualties, Philip Kearny and Issac Stevens.

I was prompted to make a visit here as a result of mention of the battle on the PBS TV series Mercy Street. It was the only significant engagement of the American Civil War to take place in Fairfax County, VA. Modern suburban and commercial development surround the site today. A portion of the battlefield is maintained as a county park. There is a path around the park with many interpretive markers to outline the battle. Walkers, joggers and families were all present on the day I visited. A very interesting interpretation is a map of the battle superimposed on an aerial photo of the area today. There are memorials to Kearny and Stevens. They were placed in 1915 when the area was farmland. The relatively small site reminded me of Balls Bluff Battlefield in Loudon County.

Recommended to those interested in the American Civil War. County park. No admission. Ample off-street parking.
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Ox Hill Battlefield Park trail map
Battlefield superimposed on the mo…
Battle of Ox Hill historical marker
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Zagnut66 says:
This battle is sort of glossed over since it's sandwiched between Second Manassas and Antietam. I'm glad the county was able to preserve at least a portion of the battlefield.
Posted on: Apr 17, 2017
spocklogic says:
Been some years since I toured around in Fairfax area, but recall enjoying all the historical sites.
Posted on: Apr 16, 2017
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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Ox Hill Battlefield Park Jul 08, 2012
This is a tiny park (only four acres) located in the heart of Fairfax County. The Battle of Ox Hill or Chantilly took place immediately following Second Manassas in the American Civil War when Confederate forces tried to outflank the Union army retreating to Washington. The short battle was fought during a fierce thunderstorm on land that is now occupied by townhouses, Fair Oaks Mall, and the Fairfax Town Center. The park contains a small monument to the two Union generals killed in the battle that was set up in the early twentieth century. There are several historical markers and maps that explain the battle and a partial reconstruction of the corn field it was fought in. Parking is limited, but you can easily walk over from Fairfax Town Center across the street. This little known battle (and little known park) set the stage for Antietem two weeks later when the Confederates failed to stop the Union drawback to D.C. Worth checking out if you are interested in the Civil War.
Entrance on West Ox Road
Ox Hill Battlefield Park
Some type of grass replicating the…
Monuments to Union Generals Steven…
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