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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 - 455

During Ulysses S. Grant’s drive from Memphis, Tennessee toward Vicksburg on the Mississippi River, after successfully assaulting the town of Oxford, Mississippi, Union forces pursued the retreating Confederates  toward the town of Coffeeville. 

On Friday, December 5, 1862, Confederate forces under Generals Mansfield Lovell and Lloyd Tilghman* engaged Grant’s cavalry near the Mississippi Central Railroad line.  The Federals, reeling under superior fire, organized a fighting retreat and successfully withdrew.  Tilghman* later admitted that "the tactics of the enemy did them great credit” as the Confederates pursed the retreating Union forces.  Although both forces each suffered few casualties, the battle of Coffeeville temporarily brought Grant's movement against Vicksburg to a halt, forcing him to pull back to Oxford to regroup and reorganize his forces.