© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
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 - 451

December 1862 revealed a military picture quite different than the year before.  While the Confederacy had prevailed on the Peninsula, at Second Manassas, and at Antietam, the long-term outlook for the Confederacy was not bright.  Everywhere Confederate forces were on the defensive—at Fredericksburg in the East and Vicksburg in the West, in mid-Tennessee near Murfreesboro, etc. 

The Confederate coastline continued to be plagued by mobile but destructive Union forces.  President Abraham Lincoln faced negative reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation and was distressed with the lack of Union military success, while in the South Jefferson Davis was overwhelmed attempting to maintain a national government while dealing with the individual southern states and their governors.  In truth, ultimate victory was yet to be determined in the American Civil War.