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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 - 622

On Sunday, July 26, 1863 Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and 364 exhausted and saddle weary, Confederate cavalrymen surrendered to Federal authorities at Salineville, Ohio near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border after a 1000 mile raid into the North. 

Morgan’s raid had been spectacular but futile and was considered a waste of Southern manpower, given that his superior, General Braxton Bragg, opposed the raid.  Morgan and his main officers were imprisoned in the Ohio State Penitentiary approximately four months until he and three others escaped. 

Returned to active duty, on September 4, 1864, Morgan would be surprised and killed by Union cavalrymen while attempting to escape during a Union raid on Greeneville, Tennessee. Some believe that Morgan was killed to prevent him from escaping from a Union prison for yet a second time.