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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 - 601

On Saturday, June 27, 1863 after days of disappointment over Joseph Hooker’s inability to respond to Lee’s invasion of the North President Abraham Lincoln removed Hooker and named General George Meade as the new commander of the Union Army of the Potomac. 

Thousands of Lee’s Confederates were in Pennsylvania, as yet not seriously opposed by Federal forces.  Confederate General Jubal Early accepted the surrender of York, Pennsylvania but demanded clothing, rations, and gold from its citizenry.  Other Confederate units moved toward Harrisburg, threatening the state capital. 

It would be twenty-four additional hours before sufficient Union forces would arrive to confront Lee.  General Meade, although expressing surprise over his appointment and acknowledging his limitations concerning the “exact condition of the troops and position of the enemy,” immediately prepared to attack Lee’s troops.