Sunday, July 8, 2007

Battle of Chantilly tour

After our ride in the Chantilly area last weekend, a local advocate decided to create another tour, one that highlights many of the Civil War sites in the area. The Battle of Chantilly, or Ox Hill, the Confederate name for the battle, was fought near the Fairfax Government Center and Fair Oaks Mall, at the intersection of West Ox Rd and Monument Dr. About 1500 troops were killed during the battle, the only Civil War battle fought in heavy rain.

The Union troops were retreating from their defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run, and the Confederates hoped to cut them off before they returned to safe Union territory. We started our ride at the site of one of the skirmishes during the battle at Stringfellow Rd and Route 50, the site of town of Chantilly at the time of the battle. We continued along many quiet, low traffic roads, past several local parks and historic sites. We'll post a map of the route in the near future.

The Cross Farmhouse.The Old Stone Church, which
served as a Civil War hospital
after the First Battle of Bull Run
St. Johns Episciopal Church, with some
Civil War era headstones in the cemetery.

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