What was the Civil War battle that was visible from the capital?

I’m having a brain block. It wasn’t either of the Bull Run battles (they were close to the capital) or anything that major, but it was so close people in D.C. (including Lincoln) could actually mount scaffolds and watch the fighting, but I can’t remember the name. Anyone know it offhand?

Cool Spring

Fort Stevens? http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/dch_tourism2555/dch_tourism.htm?doc_id=44223&area=2527

Are you talking about the Battle of Fort Stevens where Confederate sharpshooters fired at Lincoln?

The Cool Spring battlefield in that link is along the Shennandoah river between Rt 7 and the W. VA border. Nice area, but not within viewing range of a scaffold set up in DC.

Yep. I know after checking twice. Oh, well. The others got it right.

Thanks all! Love the Dope.

Longer summary of the battle, including park information.

If I recall reading correctly, the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) had civilian spectators:


The battle occured about 25 miles from the Capitol.