This Week in the Civil War - #849
The wartime letters and messages from Jefferson Davis to Robert E. Lee are historically of note. Davis never lacked the fortitude to advise Lee on any matter and often used Lee as a sounding board for his own frustrations. For instance, on Thursday, June 9, 1864 Davis wrote Lee, warning him that “indications are that Grant despairing of a direct attack is now seeking to embarrass you by flank movements.” In fact, Grant’s entire drive against Richmond was a continuous flanking movement to Lee’s left, with few, direct frontal assaults. Davis’ words, therefore, were not a surprise to Lee. In the same letter, Davis also expressed his concerns about the Union threat to Petersburg and lamented that Joseph Johnston had not yet counterattacked against Sherman’s Federal troops in Georgia.