New Audio Tour for Ox Hill Battlefield Park
The sounds of the only Civil War battle waged in Fairfax County return to the county in a new audio tour of Ox Hill Battlefield Park in Fairfax.
The Ox Hill Battlefield Park Audio Tour was produced by the Fairfax County Park Authority and is available on the agency’s Ox Hill web page. The audio recording provides a guided walking or accessible tour of the five-acre park, which sits at the heart of the land on which armies of the Blue and Gray clashed on Sept. 1, 1862, while Union troops were retreating to Washington after the battle of Second Manassas.
The tour includes expert commentary of the day’s strategies from Ed Wenzel of the Chantilly Battlefield Association and interpretation from Park Authority Historian Mike Henry, who stirs the feelings of fear and drudgery that soldiers inevitably felt on a day that left behind more than 1,500 casualties.
The easiest way to enjoy the tour is to access the audio’s web page via smart phone from the park. The Park Authority suggests ear buds or headphones for the 25-minute tour because traffic near the park can sometimes be distracting.
Ox Hill Battlefield Park is located at 4134 West Ox Road in Fairfax, Va., at the corner of West Ox and Monument Drive. The park will host a commemoration of the Civil War event on Sept. 1, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ox Hill.