Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal A Early’s troops arrived on the outskirts of Washington, DC near Sliver Springs on July 11th 1864. His men had been on the march since June 13th 1864. He sent out a skirmish line about 3 pm to feel out the Union fortifications in his front. The Fort was being held by Union soldiers who has been convalescing in Washington hospitals, clerks and Home Guard under the command of Union Brigadier General Martin D Hardin. The Union VI Corps arrived in the city during the night by transport ships.
On the morning of July 12th 1864 Early had his men in position, but was repulsed by the Veteran Union troops. That afternoon the VI Corps drove the Confederates from their position in front of Fort Stevens and Fort DeRussy. President Lincoln was at Fort Stevens watching the battle. Early withdrew his troop that night giving up any thought of moving on Washington, DC. Early said of the invasion, “We didn’t take Washington, but we scared Abe Lincoln like Hell.”