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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 - 425

On October 26, 1862, embarrassed by his army’s inability to stop Stuart’s recent raids and by President Lincoln’s continuing criticism, General George McClellan ordered the Army of the Potomac into the field, crossing the Potomac into Virginia.  In Washington, Lincoln immediately wrote McClellan that he “rejoiced” that the Army of the Potomac was moving into Virginia and encouraged McClellan to take the war to Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. 

In an interview on the same day with English Quaker leader, Eliza Gurney, Lincoln reputedly said, “If I had my way, this war would never have been commenced; If I had been allowed my way this war would have been ended before this, but we find it still continues.”  Clearly, one of the key reasons involved the inactivity of George McClellan’s army.