Herndon, VA author and historical photographer, Chuck Mauro, used Apple technology to create his new book, “The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill): A Monumental Storm,” according to a Chantilly/Centreville Times article.
Mauro documented the Battle of Chantilly (Fairfax County’s only full-scale Civil War battle), as it was called by the Union, or the Battle of Ox Hill, as it was known by the Confederacy. Using text, newspaper archives and other memorial sources, Mauro began creating his maps. He used an old Macintosh laptop (the article doesn’t specific which one) and a drawing program that is not even made anymore, according to Chantilly/Centreville Times. During the mid-1990s, he would tote his material around while accompanying his two daughters to classes or sports practices and work at the maps, according to the article.
Then Mauro took his Nikon 6006 — and, later, an F100 — and started touring the roads himself. Some of the landmarks are obvious and marked, but other spots that were prominent landmarks 250 years ago are now almost nonexistent. The result: a photo and map-heavy, 96-page paperback called “The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill): A Monumental Storm,” published by the Fairfax County History Commission.