Robert E. Lee begins planning to attack after receiving confirmation that George G. Meade’s Federal Army of the Potomac has been weakened.
Leading elements of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia reach the Potomac River at Williamsport, Maryland, but they soon find the bridges destroyed and the river too high to ford. And the Federal Army of the Potomac is in pursuit.
The last troops of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia cross the Potomac River into Maryland, while the first troops of the Federal Army of the Potomac begin crossing as well.
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson caps off his remarkable Shenandoah Valley campaign with another victory over the Federals sent to destroy him.
June 17, 1864 – Major General David Hunter’s Federal Army of West Virginia closed in on the key railroad town of Lynchburg as Lieutenant General
June 5, 1864 – Federals scored a decisive victory over a small Confederate force, which enabled Major General David Hunter to continue his southward march