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In Prince William's County, a night of entertainment ends in death for ten Texas cavalrymen

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01/29/1862
A group from the 8th Texas Cavalry, called the Rangers, were enjoying themselves at the house of a Confederate sympathizer, named Porter, near Occoquan Bridge in Prince William County.  A civilian fiddler from Washington provided the music.  After midnight the house was surrounded by a strong Union patrol from the 37th New York.  Called upon to surrender, the Texans opened fire. All ten were killed by the infantry firing through the walls of the house.  Porter and the fiddler survived. The 37th lost one man killed and four wounded.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 18.
"Fight at Occoquan, Va," Harper's Weekly Magazine, February 15, 1862, p. 108.

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