he disconnected McDoweil's imposing feint at Stone bridge and met his main advance by way of Sudley Springs, some two miles beyond the Confederate flank.
On the morning of the 20th, McClellan telegraphed to Stone, at Poolesville, Md., that General McCall occupied Draneville, yesterday and is still there.
Will send out heavy reconnoisances today in all directions from that point.
The General desires that you keep a good lookout upon Leesburg to see if this movement drives them away.
Perhap, of the Loudoun cavalry, rendered good service in carrying orders.
And now, says Colonel White, was their best time to recross the river, for Hunton, with his Eighth Virginia (except Wampler's company, left at the Burnt Bridge to look out for McCall) was coming at a double quick, with 375 more people in bad temper.
Then came the tug of the battle.
Colonel Baker had now arrived with the rest of his brigade, making in all about 1,900 men, with two howitzers and one rifle cannon.