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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 - 483

On January 12, 1863, President Jefferson Davis addressed the Confederate Congress in Richmond.  Since the Union offensives in the western and eastern theatres had stalled, Davis remained confident that the Confederacy would prevail.  He called the recently enacted Emancipation Proclamation, “the most execrable measure recorded in the history of guilty man.”

Davis complained that Lincoln had condemned the otherwise “peaceful and contented” slave population of the South to extermination.  He then asked the Confederate Congress for authorization to hold any Union officer attempting to carry out President Lincoln’s proclamation guilty of “exciting servile insurrection,” a crime punishable by hanging.  Although the Congress agreed to his request, few such punishments were in fact ever carried out.