Ox Hill Battlefield Park Hosts Sesquicentennial Event
It has been 150 years since this country was at war with itself. In the only major Civil War battle fought in Fairfax County nearly 1,500 soldiers were killed or wounded during the Battle of Ox Hill (Chantilly) on September 1, 1862. Their patriotic sacrifices will be commemorated on Saturday, September 1, 2012 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Ox Hill Battlefield Park, 4134 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA.
Local officials will offer remarks, the Federal City Brass Band will perform Civil War songs, and there will also be special artillery battery demonstrations which will showcase the technology available at that time. Costumed reenactors will set up camp, conduct bayonet and rifle drills, and show what life was like for a 19th century soldier. Children will be able to craft an event souvenir, march with a wooden rifle, and visit with Col. Mosby’s horse. The commemorative event is free and open to the public.
Event parking will be available at the Fairfax County Government Center only. Free shuttle bus service will be provided throughout the day. For more information, please visit Ox Hill Battlefield online.