A scouting force of the Third Brigade, Pennsylvania Reserves had encountered Brigadier-General J.E.B. Stuart's foraging force of infantry and cavalry near the crossroads town of Dranesville in Fairfax County, Virginia and forced the Confederates to withdraw after two hours of sharp fighting. Stuart's men suffered three times the casualties of the Pennsylvanians in a small but morale boosting victory for a Union Army suffering from recent defeats in Virginia. Pennsylvanian Simon Cameron, the Secretary of War, was keenly aware of this and sent Philadelphia West Point graduate George A. McCall his proud congratulations for the Reserves' performance in their first full engagement. (By John Osborne)
Secretary of War Simon Cameron to Brigadier-General George A. McCall, December 28, 1861
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