This Week in the Civil War - #809
The anxiety that Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee shared over Grant’s anticipated offensive into Virginia was shared by the Confederate press. On Friday, April 15, 1864 the Richmond Examiner stated “So far, we feel sure of the issue. All else is mystery and uncertainty. Where the first blow will fall, when the two armies of Northern Virginia will meet each other face to face; how Grant will try to hold his own against the master spirit of Lee, we cannot even surmise.” Clearly, even if the “where” and “when” had yet to be determined, all in the Confederacy feared Grant’s soon-to-occur drive into the heartland of Virginia. It appeared that the proverbial sword of Damocles was hanging tenuously over the head of the Confederate States of America.