Confederate Army Nears Washington

July 6, 1864

President Lincoln meets with General Ethan A. Hitchcock as Confederate troops under

General Jubal A. Early swing through Maryland and approach the nation’s capital.   There is no large Union army available to block them.   John W. Garrett, president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, is keeping President Lincoln advised about Early’s progress.

New York journalist and businessman James R. Gilmore meets with President Lincoln to suggest a peace initiative – similar to the one he had attempted in 1863 . Gilmore said he was given a pass to General Ulysses S. Grant: “Will General Grant allow J. R. Gilmore and friend to pass our lines, with ordinary baggage, and go South?”

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