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Pennsylvania troops push back Confederate units in a small battle near Dranesville, Virginia

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12/20/1861
A scouting force of the Third Brigade, Pennsylvania Reserves under Brigadier-General E.O.C. Ord encountered Brigadier-General J.E.B. Stuart's foraging force of infantry and cavalry near the crossroads town of Dranesville in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The battle began at around one in the afternoon and continued in sharp fighting for around two hours before Stuart withdrew.  The 230 Confederate casualties were three times that of the Pennsylvanians in a small but morale boosting victory for Union Army suffering from recent defeats in Virginia.  (By John Osborne)    
Source Citation: 
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), III: 116. 

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