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Marc Leepson

Enjoyed reading this.

Early actually did have to fight a significant battle before he reached Washington, at Monocacy Junction, four miles south of Frederick. The fighting took place on July 9, 1864, and lasted from 8:00 in the morning to 4:30 at night.

The Union commander, Lew Wallace, faced Early's some 14,000 men with around 6,800. He finally was forced to retreat. There were some 1,300 Union casualties (killed, wounded, missing and taken prisoner) and around 800 Confederate casualties

Early rested his men on the battlefield that night, then about 8,000 headed toward Washington. The delay gave Grant time to bring two brigades of the 6th Corps up from Richmond. They arrived at around noon time on July 11, as Early and his men arrived outside Ft. Stevens.
That's why the Battle of Monocacy is known as the battle that saved Washington.

The incident with Lincoln you mention is the only time in U.S. history that a sitting president came under fire in a war.

I wrote about a book this: Desperate Engagement: How a Little Know Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C., and Changed American History

Marc Leepson

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