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    The Battle of Fort Stevens.  The last Confederate offensive in the east came when Jubal Early led Confederate forces north through the Shenandoah Valley in an effort to divert Ulysses S. Grant's attention from Robert E. Lee.  Early's campaign was initially successful and he drove to the very outskirts of Washington, D.C.  Lincoln rode out to Fort Stevens to see the battle.  As he mounted the parapet he came under fire from Confederate sharpshooters.  A man was shot right beside him and Lincoln himself had to dodge out of the way of a bullet that pinged off of the barrel of a cannon behind him.  The Union troops forced the Confederates back and eventually pushed Early out of the Valley.  Lincoln is the second and last sitting president to be shot at on a battlefield. 

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    The Battle of Fort Stevens.  The last Confederate offensive in the east came when Jubal Early led Confederate forces north through the Shenandoah Valley in an effort to divert Ulysses S. Grant's attention from Robert E. Lee.  Early's campaign was initially successful and he drove to the very outskirts of Washington, D.C.  Lincoln rode out to Fort Stevens to see the battle.  As he mounted the parapet he came under fire from Confederate sharpshooters.  A man was shot right beside him and Lincoln himself had to dodge out of the way of a bullet that pinged off of the barrel of a cannon behind him.  The Union troops forced the Confederates back and eventually pushed Early out of the Valley.  Lincoln is the second and last sitting president to be shot at on a battlefield. 

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