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General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 17 (search)
isers at Washington, and that he did not call for assistance to protect the capital, but for troops and a competent leader to go after Early and defeat him. It is the language of a man who wanted an officer of Grant's aggressiveness to force the fighting and send the troops after the enemy, even if the capital had to be left temporarily without defense. General Grant received the President's despatch at noon of August 4, and he left City Point that night for Hunter's headquarters at Monocacy Station in Maryland, reaching there the next evening, August 5. He ordered all the troops in the vicinity to move that night to the valley of Virginia. The general had now a delicate duty to perform. He had decided to put General Sheridan in command of the active forces in the field; but he was junior in rank to General Hunter, and in order to spare the feelings of Hunter, and not subject him to the mortification of being relieved from duty, the general-in-chief suggested that he remain in
ith great caution, until affirmed by further advices. A later dispatch, received at the railroad office, says the affair has been greatly exaggerated. The reports had their foundation in a difficulty at the Armory, with which negroes had nothing to do. Baltimore, 10 o'clock. It is apprehended that the affair at Harper's Ferry is more serious than our citizens seem willing to believe. The wires from Harper's Ferry are cut, and consequently we have no telegraphic communication with Monocacy Station. The southern train, which was due here at an early hour this morning, has not yet arrived. It is rumored that there is a stampede of negroes from this State. There are many other wild rumors, but nothing authentic as yet. Baltimore, Monday, Oct. 17—2 P. M. Another account, received by train, says the bridge across the Potomac was filled with insurgents, all armed. Every light in the town was extinguished, and the hotels closed. All the streets were in the possession of the mo
tes volunteers, probably the Rhode Island regiment, are expected here at day break to-morrow. They left Hagerstown last night, and at 5 o'clock this afternoon were at Middletown, eight miles distant from here, where they will encamp for the night, and resuming their march at dawn, arrive here shortly after daybreak. Their destination is unknown. It was rumored at Hagerstown yesterday that they would proceed to Cumberland, and it is thought probable that they will take the cars at Monocacy station and proceed to Cumberland by way of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The fact that no provision had yesterday been made for their conveyance across the Potomac, and the scarcity of boats at that point, renders this supposition a very doubtful one. General Shriver, of this city, has made ample arrangements for breakfasting the force at the several hotels here. During their stay it Frederick they will be quartered at the barracks, on the outskirts of the city. Their expected arriv