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Battle of Dranesville

The Battle of Dranesville
December 20, 1861

Brig. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart led a brigade-sized mixed force of cavalry, infantry, and artillery to protect a foraging expedition in the vicinity of Dranesville. Union Brig. Gen. E.O.C. Ord, advancing on the Georgetown Pike, encountered Stuart’s cavalry.  Both sides deployed as more units arrived on the field, and a sharp firefight developed. Stuart withdrew in the mid-afternoon after ensuring that his wagons were safely in the rear.

Battle Facts

Location

Dates

  • December 20, 1861

Union Commander

Confederate Commander

Forces Engaged

  • 4,000 Union Union Flag
  • 1,750 Confederate Confederate Flag

Estimated Casualties

  • 71 UnionUnion Flag
  • 230 ConfederateConfederate Flag

Result

  • Union Victory Union Flag

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