as we have stated, was encamped on the Leesburg road, in the vicinity of the suspension bridge, was ordered to disperse them, and to seize the supplies of forage they had collected.
On the morning of the 20th McCall set in motion the brigade of Ord, with a battery of artillery.
Notwithstanding the season of the year, the weather was beautiful, and the roads, hardened by a long dry spell, were in a better condition than in the middle of summer.
By a singular coincidence, General Stuart lefte drawn up en echelon a little further off around Drainesville.
The first attack of Stuart's troops throws some disorder into the ranks of the Federals, and they take advantage of it to occupy the houses in the clearing.
But the presence of General Ord soon retrieves the fortunes of the day. He forms three of his regiments into line, availing himself of all the irregularities of the ground to cover them, and disposing them in such a manner as to prevent the enemy from cutting off his retreat