ptly informed of everything as soon as it transpired in Richmond.
General Early's attack failed, as I have shown, because of the impossibility of getting to Washington before Monday afternoon. For before then; the energy and sagacity of John W. Garrett had hurled reinforcements from Locust Point to Washington, many of which had arrived before Early.
His trains were running from Locust Point on Sunday night, all day Monday and on Tuesday night, and the last of them had passed over the road n by surprise, and it was impossible to surprise it, when General Grant at City Point was nearer to it than General Early at Sharpsburg.
Sharpsburg is four marches from Washington.
It might be made in three forced marches.
The sagacity of Mr. Garrett's recommendation that a battle should be fought at Frederick, even if it were lost, will be appreciated.
It would have been nearly equivalent to one whole day's march, and extended Early's time from three or four to four or five days.