nabled them to render aid to the engineers in modifying and strengthening the forts and in developing the lines.
Such was the confidence felt by everyone in General Grant that when, in 1864, he withdrew practically the entire garrison of Washington for his field-army — a thing that McClellan had wanted to do and was prevented — by sending Early to threaten, and, if possible, to capture Washington.
This ruse of threatening the national capital had been successful before, and he hoped that Grant also might be influenced by it. Early left Lee's army under orders to attack and destroy General Hunter's army in the Shenandoah and then to threaten Washington.
ceived from General Bradley T. Johnson, from near Baltimore, informing me that he had received information, from a reliable source, that two corps had arrived from Grant's army, and that his whole army was probably in motion.
This caused me to delay the attack until I could examine the works again, and, as soon as it was light eno