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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 - 542

Despite any lingering doubts about commander of the Army of the Potomac General Joseph Hooker, Abraham Lincoln was determined to see Hooker victorious on the battlefield. 

On April 4, 1863, President Lincoln journeyed by boat from Washington, D.C. to Fredericksburg to confer with his general. Over the next five days Lincoln attempted to focus Hooker’s attention on Robert E. Lee’s army rather than Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, arguing that the city would fall only after Lee was defeated in the field. 

The president also had the opportunity to visit with Hooker’s troops at Falmouth.  Lincoln was overwhelmed with the popular support and personal attention shown him by Hooker’s troops; clearly their affection for “Old Abe” underscored how important he was to the overall Union war effort.