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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 - 593

On Monday, June 15, 1863 after decisively routing Union forces at Winchester and Stephenson’s Depot approximately four miles north of Winchester, Confederate troops began crossing the Potomac River near Williamsport. 

Federal losses were high with 95 killed, 348 wounded, and approximately 4,000 reported captured or missing. The victorious Confederates in these battles seized 23 artillery pieces, 300 loaded wagons, over 300 horses, and large quantities of commissary and quartermaster’s stores.  

As Lincoln was calling for 100,000 militia from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia to deal with Lee’s invasion, Joseph Hooker wrote Lincoln that “it is not in my power to prevent” Lee from invading the American North. One has to believe that Abraham Lincoln was most distressed and not at all pleased to receive this message from Hooker.