Leading the Confederacy into the fight was J.E.B. Stuart with 4,000 men and in opposition to him was the Union General Edward O.C. Ord with only slightly more men behind him.
As the rebel forces approached the Union took up positions along the road leading into Dranesville. Due to their superior cannons the Confederate artillery was quickly neutralized. With that threat out of the way they could freely fire into the approaching rebels. Once both forces were in their positions they began to exchange volleys. This continued for a couple of hours until Stuart felt he had had enough and pulled back. The tally at the end placed the Union casualties at 71 and the Confederates at 230. Although this was not a major battle it gave the North a much needed victory in the early days of the war.