Zzzgrant's plans broken up.
The result shows Early
On the 30th of July, while McCausland
was at Chambersburg
exploded the mine under Lee
's lines at Petersburg
, and on that day Sheridan
had joined him there with his cavalry.
‘The explosion,’ says Grant
‘was a stupendous failure,’ and he lost 10,000 men in the vain endeavor; but the next day he ordered Meade
to take a corps of infantry and the cavalry and to proceed August 1st, before Lee
could get back to the Weldon railroad, and destroy fifteen miles of that important line.
‘But misfortune,’ says Grant
, ‘never comes singly.’
He learned that afternoon, July 1st, of Early
's movements on the Potomac
, and he says: ‘I rescinded my orders for the division to go out and destroy the Weldon railroad and directed them to embark for Washington city
Thus was Early
's draft on Grant
's lines again honored, the pressure on Lee
to that extent relieved, the second invasion terminated as successful as the first, and now we shall see Grant
himself and an army larger than all of Lee
's hurrying to look after the irrepressible, redoubtable, and ubiquitous Early
had been greatly stirred up by Early
's movements, and Hunter
infinitely mystified, just as Early
calculated they would be. On the 4th of August Grant
jumped upon the train for City Point
, took a steamer, and posted direct through Washington
There he found Hunter
, who had started to Richmond
and landed at White Sulphur Springs
, the Ohio river
, and finally at Monocacy
He asked Hunter
an embarrassing question: ‘Where is the enemy?’
He replied that he did not know, and was so embarrassed with orders from Washington
that he had lost all trace of the enemy.
told him that Sheridan
was in Washington
with one cavalry division and another on the way, and suggested that he (Hunter
) should make headquarters, at Cumberland
elsewhere and give Sheridan
command in the Valley
asked to be relieved, to the equal relief of his foot-sore excursionists.
The upshot was that Sheridan
was placed in command.