Near Fairfax in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Ox Hill
The Death of Generals Stevens and Kearny
—Second Manassas Campaign —
Pope retreated to Centreville seven miles west of here. To turn Pope's position, Lee sent Stonewall Jackson moving around Pope via the Little River Turnpike (Route 50) in order to cut the Union line of retreat near Fairfax. Pope learned of this movement, ordered troops to Germantown, and sent the IX Corps, including Gen. Issac Stevens' division, to block Jackson at the Turnpike.
About 4 p.m. September 1, as storm clouds gathered, Stevens attacked Jackson's column at Ox Hill. A fierce battle ensued as a violent thunderstorm lashed the combatants with high winds and rain. Stevens was shot through the head and killed. As Stevens's troops fell back, Gen. Philip Kearny brought up several brigades of III Corps troops and attacked Jackson's right. The attack faltering, Kearny rode forward in the rain and gloom to reconnoiter, found himself in the Confederate lines, was shot from his horse and killed. Darkness halted further fighting.
About 500 Confederate troops and perhaps 1,000 Union troops were killed or wounded. The Union
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 51.927′ N, 77° 22.229′ W. Marker is near Fairfax, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Monument Drive and Monument Court, on the left when traveling west on Monument Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at entrance to Ox Hill Battlefield Park one block west of West Ox Road (County Route 608). Marker is in this post office area: Annandale VA 22003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maryland (Antietam / Sharpsburg) Campaign (here, next to this marker); Battle of Ox Hill (Chantilly) (here, next to 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 The Battle of Ox Hill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
More about this marker. One of the series of Virginia Civil War Trails markers. This one is on the Second Manassas Campaign.
Also see . . .
1. Major General Isaac Ingalls Stevens. (Submitted on February 19, 2006.)
2. Major General Philip Kearny. (Submitted on February 19, 2006.)
3. Battle of Chantilly, or Ox Hill. Civil War Preservation Trust resource page for the battle. Includes an animated map. (Submitted on September 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,815 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2. submitted on March 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on April 18, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4. submitted on February 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.