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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of Dranesville, Va. (search)
bject 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 camp before nightfall without fail. It was evidently considered dangerous at this period to leave small bodies of troops out over night. Pursuant to orders, the expedition started at 6 A. M., December 20th. The day was cold, bright and clear. On the