the Battle of Second Kernstown
"I have full and accurate information. There is nothing in [our] front but a few bushwhackers." --General George Crook
Timely reinforcements from Petersburg prevented--just barely--Jubal Early from raiding Washington DC in the summer of 1864. Federal commanders sent George Crook with a screening force of 10,000 men to pursue Early up the Valley. It was assumed the rebels would seek to rejoin Robert E. Lee, but Jubal Early did a sudden about face and surprised Crook's forces at Kernstown.