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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 - 469

On Tuesday, December 23, 1862, President Jefferson Davis by proclamation called the former Union commander of New Orleans, Union General Benjamin F. Butler, a felon, outlaw, and a common enemy of mankind. 

Davis mandated that, if captured, Butler should not be treated as a prisoner of war but immediately executed by hanging as a felon, given his abusive rule in New Orleans.  Visiting Vicksburg during his lengthy trip to the western states, Davis also wired his Secretary of War, acknowledging that Vicksburg’s defenses were in dire need of additional heavy guns and long range field pieces.  The Confederate States of America would be physically dismembered, with the Union controlling the Mississippi River, if Vicksburg was not held at all costs.