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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 - 446

Friday, November 21, 1862, Union General Ambrose Burnside called upon the city government of Fredericksburg, Virginia to surrender or else risk bombardment.  Burnside gave civil authorities sixteen hours to  remove any *sick or wounded, women, children, and the aged. 

The mayor of Fredericksburg refused to surrender but asked for more time to evacuate non-military personnel.  Orders were issued to “Stonewall” Jackson to have him transfer his forces to the defense of Fredericksburg as soon as possible.  On this day, President Jefferson Davis also appointed a Richmond, Virginia lawyer, James A. Seddon, as Secretary of War, replacing Gustavus Smith after only four days.  Seddon would serve faithfully until January 1, 1865, when he retired from public service.