This Week in the Civil War - #870
Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s retreat to the Chattahoochee River compelled President Jefferson Davis on July 7, 1864 to write Johnston that he was very “apprehensive for the future.” Sherman’s advance toward Atlanta had once again forced Johnston’s defenders into retreat. In his letter to Johnston Davis stated that he was fearful of Johnston having the Chattahoochee River to his back but agreed with his general that attempting to cross the river would give Sherman too much of an opportunity to attack and destroy the Confederate army. Davis’ words scarcely could be taken as an endorsement of Johnston’s actions; the Confederate president also wrote in his letter that he could send Johnston no further reinforcements. In fact, in approximately a week Davis would replace Johnston as his commander in Georgia.