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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 - 452

On December 1, 1862, the Thirty-seventh Congress of the United States convened and received Lincoln’s annual State of the Union Message.  After reviewing the foreign affairs of the nation and recommending to the Congress three constitutional amendments concerning American blacks, the president concluded his message, noting:

“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history... In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give, and what we perceive.  We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best, hope of earth.” 

As in so many similar scenarios during the American Civil War, Lincoln clearly had cast off his melancholy and refocused his considerable talents to the great task at hand of winning the Civil War and securing freedom for America’s blacks.