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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 - 520

On Sunday, March 8, 1863 Union Brigadier General E.H. Stoughton and his garrison at Fairfax County Court House, Virginia were asleep when twenty-nine men under the command of Confederate partisan ranger John S. “the Gray Ghost” Mosby entered the town, Stoughton’s headquarters, and then his bedroom. 

Stoughton’s forces had been tracking the elusive Mosby, but stoughton was captured shamefully asleep in his bed.  The general, two captains and thirty other prisoners were seized without a single shot being fired.  Mosby’s men and their “booty” from Fairfax County Court House eluded numerous Federal troops before triumphantly returning to Confederate lines.