Credence was given to the most improbable rumors, and accurate information was at a decided discount.
A report, which upon the face of it seemed to bear some degree of probability, reached the ears of General McCall at Camp Pierpoint (Langley, the right of the Federal line) that a considerable body of Confederate cavalry was between Dranesville and the Potomac, menacing the Federal picket line and greatly harassing Union citizens residing in that locality.
In fact, it was known thatauders 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 camp before nightfall without fail.
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