General Robert E. Lee was relying on Early to relieve the pressure Ulysses S. Grant was putting on Petersburg. "Old Jube" possessed the right mix of brash independence and fierce loyalty to the Southern cause to stage a convincing attack on the enemy capital--Mr. Lincoln's City.
Jubal's Early's famous "raid" was to be the last Confederate invasion, yet it severely shook up the Union leadership. President Lincoln drove out to see how things were going each day of the attack.
Traditionally seen as a prelude to the Valley Campaign of 1864, the author asserts that the July battles for Washington and Maryland were possibly even more pivotal.
For the Civil War historian and but alike, Jubal's Early's Raid on Washington:1864 provides a fresh interpretation of this fascinating episode on American history.