Near Fairfax in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Ox Hill
The Battle of “Chantilly” (Ox Hill) — Then & Now
The attack by General Isaac Stevens’ 1st Division, IX Corps came north across this pasture (toward you). In the foreground, the Union infantry was assailed by terrific volleys of Confederate musket fire coming from across the cornfield to your right and rear, and from the woods line to your left and rear where Monument Drive is today.
Erected 2008 by Fairfax County Park Authority.
Location. 38° 51.882′ N, 77° 22.248′ W. Marker is near Fairfax, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from West Ox Road (Virginia Route 608). Located at the second trail stop wayside at the Ox Hill Battlefield Park Interpretive Trail. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Ox Hill (about 300 feet away); Maryland (Antietam / Sharpsburg) Campaign (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
More about this marker. The marker labels seven locations with black arrows and captions. The locations labeled are (from left to right):
-West Ox Road
-Lane to the Reid (Ballard) House. (today Cedar Lakes Drive runs roughly parallel to, and about 150 feet north of, the original lane)
-Unfinished Manassas Gap Railroad. Marked by this distant tree line (old roadbed erased by Fair Lakes)
-Gen. Stevens formed his troops for attack in this field, just south of the lane to the Reid House (now part of Cedar Lakes and Fair Lakes)
-High ground west of the Millan House (present site of I-66 landfill, transfer station and recycling center)
-Reid (Ballard) House (demolished in 1965)-This fence crosses the path of the Union assault and was not there during the battle. Built in the post-war period, it runs through today's Fairfield House condominiums on the left and Fair Ridge townhouses on the right.
Also see . . .
1. 1907 Battlefield Photo. “A Last Salute” (Submitted on January 10, 2009.)
2. The Battle of Chantilly. Civil War Preservation Trust (Submitted on January 10, 2009.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2009. This page has been viewed 1,626 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 10, 2009. 2. submitted on April 19, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on January 10, 2009. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.