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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 - 577

By late May 1863 United States naval forces were actively engaged against their Confederate foes.  On the Mississippi River, on May 21, a Federal flotilla assaulted Confederate held, Yazoo City, Mississippi, forcing the evacuating Confederates to destroy their shops and naval yard, including two steamboats and a partially completed gunboat. 

The following day Federal gunboats and mortars supported Ulysses Grant’s failed frontal assault against Vicksburg’s defenses.  On May the 24th, Federal marines burned the town of Austin, Mississippi in reprisal for Confederates firing on the Union fleet. 

On the following day, May the 25, near Port Hudson, Federal forces captured the Confederate steamers Starlight and Red Chief.  In a war of attrition, the Union Navy was slowly, but surely, clearing the inland waterways of Confederate naval forces.