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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.

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Many in the South were openly critical of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had been announced after the Battle of Antietam.  In early October 1862, one of Richmond’s most prominent newspapers, the Whig, acknowledged that with a dash of Lincoln’s pen, the South’s investment in slavery would be destroyed, if the southern independence effort failed. 

To Confederate Lieutenant Charles Colcock Jones, the son of a prominent Presbyterian minister and southern slave owner, Lincoln’s proclamation was “the crowning act of the series of black and diabolical transactions which have marked the entire course of his administration… a most infamous attempt to incite flight, murder, and rapine on the part of our slave population.”  Many northern supporters of emancipation openly worried whether Lincoln’s proclamation would stiffen southern resistance and lengthen the duration of the war.