Civil War

Newspaper Articles

No. 10

Charles E. Bunnell
9318 Fairway Ct
La Plata, MD 20646

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Copyright 1997 Charles E. Bunnell

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NEWSPAPER: Unknown; possibly Whitney Point NY Reporter DATE: Unknown, circa 1940 to 1946 AUTHOR: Herman E. Bunnell


The Battle of Dranesville

On December20, 1861 General McCall sent General Ord with a brigade and a large number of wagons to Dranesville to gather forage. He ----6th, 9th, and 12th regiments --- reserves with four guns of ....mans battery and a company of cavalry. One of the regiments wore buck tails in their caps and were from the Alleghany [sic] Mts. and were good shots.

General Stewart the Confederate commander was on the same errand. He had the 1st Kentucky, 6th South Carolina, 10th Alabama, 11th Virginia regiments with the 1st South Carolina battery commanded by Capt. Cutts, also a company of cavalry. The two forces were about equal.

The Union forces halted at Difficult Creek and kindled their fires and ate their dinner and then pushed on to Dranesville. An officer came back and reported that he had seen a Confederate cavalryman on reaching Dranesville. General Ord sent a company down the Centerville road to reconnoiter. They reported that the woods were full of Confederates. He posted his forces, placed three guns behind the bucktails and one gun to one side. The men were so eager to get the guns into position that one tipped over and had to be picked by main force and awkwardness. General Ord got off his horse and sighted the guns so accurately that when fired they went right through the ranks of the enemy.

General Stewart placed his six guns on both sides of the road and [pointed] toward the bucktails but they were not accurately; so when they were fired they did not harm. One of the Union shells went through a cassion and it exploded killing several men and horses. The Confederates went into a house and General Ord said, "Give hem fellows some shells." They went through the house and the Confederates came out and were finally stampeded throwing away guns, knapsacks, coats, cartridge boxes, anything to get away.

The Union losses were seven killed, 61 wounded; the Confederate losses were 230. John Brown once told his followers; "Look well to your hind sights for if all people who wanted to kill me had done that I should not be here now."

In Frank Leslie's newspaper of June 28, 1862 is a battle scene 150 of the Pa. Bucktails under Colonel Kane and Stonewall Jackson armies. It seems that a body of Union troops had been led into an ambuscade and had been badly cut up and Colonel Kane thought it was too bad to leave the wounded without trying to help them. They were given just forty minutes to see what they could do. Well they got into an ambuscade and Colonel Kane was wounded in the knee and taken prisoner and forty of the wounded were in the hospital. One man had three wounds and he said that he knnew [sic] that it was no use to fight but he knew the Colonel would have a fight. How many were left on the field was not known.

I once heard an old Union veteran say that the Confederate soldiers had no cause to be ashamed of their bravery.


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