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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 - 428

After Antietam and during what could easily be referred to as a “period of masterful inactivity,” General George McClellan’s large and well supplied Army of the Potomac remained essentially dormant, allowing Robert E. Lee time to recover from his first attempt to invade the American North. 

An anxious Abraham Lincoln was overjoyed when McClellan began to move his army across the Potomac into Virginia.  Lincoln wrote his general, “I am much pleased with the movement of the Army.  When you get entirely across the river let me know.  What do you know of the enemy?”  Once across the Potomac into Virginia McClellan had little trouble finding Lee; in fact, by November 3 Longstreet’s Confederates occupied Culpepper Court House, fronting McClellan and virtually inviting Union attack.  But McClellan would not respond.