on the Leesburg pike, in the direction of Dranesville.
Kane's famous Bucktail Regiment, Easton's Battery (Battery A, First Pennsylvania Artillery), and two squadrons of the First Pennsylvania Cavalry were directed to accompany this expedition.
The object of this demonstration as indicated in McCall's order, was two-fold—to drive back the enemy's pickets from their advanced position and to procure a supply of forage.
The latter was to be procured, according to the orders of the day, at Gunnell's or any other rank secessionist's in the neighborhood.
The band of marauders between Dranesville and the river was not to be neglected.
Movements of the troops.
The First Brigade, commanded by General Reynolds, was ordered to move to Difficult Run, a small stream that crossed the road between Dranesville and Langley, so as to be in supporting distance should Ord need assistance.
A touch of humor attaches to McCall's serious caution to Ord that he should bring his troops back to cam