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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 - 596

By mid-June 1863 the Union siege of Vicksburg worsened.  A Confederate major noted, “One day is like another in a besieged city—all you can hear is the rattle of the Enemy’s guns, with the sharp crack of the rifles of their sharp-shooters going from early dawn to dark and then at night the roaring of the terrible mortars is kept up sometimes all this time.” 

On Saturday, June the 20th the city endured an especially heavy, six-hour Union bombardment by both Union army and navy guns.  Little food remained in the city, and disease began to take its toll.  Fewer and fewer horses, mules, and dogs were seen wandering Vicksburg’s streets, and shoe leather became a last resort of sustenance for many of the city’s beleaguered citizens and defenders.