Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Chantilly

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Ox Hill Battlefield Park is a site in Fairfax, Virginia, where the Battle of Ox Hill (Union name Battle of Chantilly) was fought during the American Civil War. It was the only major battle of the war fought in Fairfax County. The battlefield is now a public park adjacent to suburban developments and the Fairfax Towne Center shopping center, and is maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority.
The most prominent feature is a pair of monuments to the two Union generals killed during the battle, Isaac Stevens and Philip Kearny. Stevens was fatally shot within the area of the present-day park while Kearny was killed just to the west. There are also two Virginia historical markers placed near the park entrance commemorating the battle and aftermath.
The park is located at 4134 West Ox Road, in Fair Lakes near Route 50, on the corner of West Ox Road (State Route 608) and Monument Drive (which was presumably named for the Kearny and Stevens memorial). It is only 4.8acres, about 1.5% of the roughly 300acre where the battle was fought. The rest of the battlefield has been developed with apartments, office buildings, and similar urban construction. Nevertheless, the remaining plot does hold important portions of the battle area.
After being defeated at the Battle of Second Manassas, the Federal army retreated to positions near Centreville, Virginia. Confederate general Robert E. Lee, in an attempt to surround the Union army and block its retreat towards Washington, D.C., sent 20,000 men under Stonewall Jackson north and then east along the Little River Turnpike to get behind the Union position. Union General John Pope learned of this action, and sent about 6,000 men to intercept.
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  • This is a path for a nice "stretch your legs" walk. It gets you away from all the whizzing cars in the area. Worth visiting if you are staying in the area. We could walk to it from our hotel.  more »
  • This is a tiny tiny park. I live nearby and usually end up walking it for exercise when the weather is nice. The trail is easy to traverse and has been newly paved. I've seen so many different...  more »
  • Very cozy area to sit and think about the Battlefield. I was kind surprise that the are was not clean and no fresh flowers for those deserve
  • I was In Va watching my grand animals, a lovely area. A lot of history close by. Ox Hill battlefield has some great history! Check it out you won’t regret it!

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