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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 08, 1862

Davis Told Lee No More Reinforcements

Confederate President Jefferson Davis wrote General Robert E. Lee a letter informing Lee that Davis had no more troops to send him, as had been requested. And if he did have more, he would have sent them to the western theater of the war, where the need was becoming so desperate that Davis was this day leaving on a trip to the west to review the situation himself. So Lee was left to defend Fredericksburg with the men he already had on hand.