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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 409

After the battle of Iuka in September 1862, General Earl Van Dorn’s Confederates and those of General Sterling Price were combined.  On October 3, 1862, this newly structured Confederate army under the leadership of Van Dorn attacked Union forces guarding the critical transportation hub of Corinth, Mississippi.  After severe fighting, the Confederates exploited a gap in the Union line and continued to press the Federals until they fell back to an inner line of fortifications closer to Corinth. 

Ulysses Grant, overall Union commander in the area, had not been sure where the Confederates would attack, so he remained at Jackson, Tennessee, far from the actual conflict.  The Confederates attacked at Corinth, hoping that a victory would force Northern troops in Mississippi and western Tennessee to withdraw northward to Kentucky.