Civil War songs, bayonet and rifle drills, and artillery battery demonstrations will mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Ox Hill on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Brooke Rental Center was there to provide tent shelter for many of the events.

At 10 a.m. local officials spoke at Ox Hill Battlefield Park, which is located at 4134 West Ox Rd. in the Fair Lakes area. Presentation of 16 state flags followed. The Federal City Brass Band will played, followed by musket and cannon firings. At 4 p.m. there were speeches about the Battle of Ox Hill and a wreath laid at the monuments. Reenactors on site to demonstrated what life was like for Civil War soldiers.

About 1,500 soldiers were killed or wounded during the two-hour long fight at Ox Hill. It was the only major Civil War battle fought in Fairfax County.