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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 - 625

In late July 1863 President Abraham Lincoln continued to set Union wartime policy.  In a letter to Union General Henry Halleck Lincoln confided that he now opposed “pressing” George Meade to immediately engage Lee’s secure army at Culpeper, Virginia. 

In a separate action Lincoln issued orders that his administration would “give the same protection to all its soldiers, and if the enemy shall sell or enslave anyone because of his color, the offense shall be punished by retaliation upon the enemy’s prisoners in our possession.” 

Lincoln apparently had learned about retaliation by Confederates against Negro Union troops, especially during the Union siege against Fort Wagner and Confederate held, Charlestown, South Carolina.  As harsh as the threat of retaliation was, Lincoln felt compelled to protect all Union troops regardless of their race.