John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Ten random things: November 17

Ten generals who fought in the Battle of Chantilly, or the Battle of Ox Hill if you're a secessionist:

  1. Maj. Gen. Philip Kearny
  2. Brig. Gen. Maxcy Gregg
  3. Brig. Gen. David B. Birney
  4. Maj. Gen. A.P. Hill
  5. Brig. Gen. Isaac Stevens
  6. Brig. Gen. Lawrence O'Bryan Branch
  7. Maj. Gen. Jesse L. Reno
  8. Brig. Gen. William E. Starke
  9. Brig. Gen. John C. Robinson
  10. Maj. Gen. Thomas Jackson

When I'm out on my own with nothing in particular to do, I tend to act a bit like a magpie that has spotted a shiny pebble, flitting off to look at whatever interesting thing happens to catch my eye. Earlier today, I was crossing the street when I noticed a park on the opposite corner. I could see a rail fence, a bench, a paved walking path... nothing tremendously exciting, but I like parks and I pondered whether to go take a closer look. Looking around a bit more, I saw a sign: Ox Hill Battlefield Park, known to those of us who supported the winning side in the War Between the States as the Battle of Chantilly. Ooh! I said, and headed over to take a look at what I think is the only undeveloped portion of the site of the only major Civil War battle to be fought in Fairfax County. It's pretty small, but given how heavily developed that part of the county is, it's a bit of surprise it exists at all.

One interesting coincidence: marked prominently on most of the interpretive maps is the Manassas Gap Railroad, which (as you may have noticed) was mentioned in the poem I posted on Saturday. Weird.

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