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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 - 525

On Saturday, March 14, 1863, utilizing the dark of night, Union Admiral David Farragut in his flagship Hartford led his squadron past the Confederate batteries at Port Hudson, Louisiana. 

While the Hartford and Albatross succeeded in getting through without significant damage, the Monongahela and Richmond were badly damaged and forced to withdraw.  The Mississippi, under severe fire, was run aground, set ablaze, and ultimately abandoned; she soon exploded in the river. 

Confederate batteries were so deadly accurate that, for a time, the entire Federal flotilla was threatened.  Yet, successfully running past Port Hudson’s guns now brought Farragut’s ships that much closer to Vicksburg.  While the Federal fleet moved past Port Hudson, Union General Nathaniel Banks’ forces also carried out demonstrations on the land side of Port Hudson.