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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 - 576

By late May 1863 both presidents of the North and South were busily corresponding with their subordinates in the field.  Jefferson Davis wired General Braxton Bragg at Tullahoma, Tennessee, expressing concerns whether the Vicksburg garrison could be sustained and noting “The vital issue of holding the Mississippi at Vicksburg is dependent on the success of General Johnston in an attack on the investing force….Can you help him?” 

To General Joseph Johnston, Davis wired that he was “hopeful of junction of your forces and defeat of the enemy.”  In a separate wire Davis urged immediate action since “the disparity of numbers [at Vicksburg] renders prolonged defence (sic) dangerous.”  In Washington, D.C., Abraham Lincoln continued to confer with military and naval officials about the recent unsuccessful attack on Confederate held, Charlestown, South Carolina.