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Civil War
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.

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In the early days of August 1863 Union forces continued preparations for an attack against Charlestown, South Carolina and its stubborn Confederate defenses.  On Morris Island near Charlestown Harbor Federal troops worked around the clock constructing approaches to Fortress Wagner. 

Union soldiers even labored at night, utilizing calcium lights for illumination, while the Confederates also strengthened their defenses at both Fort Sumter and Fortress Wagner.  President Jefferson Davis wrote to assure South Carolina Governor M. L. Bonham that he would do whatever he could to provide for the safety and relief of Charlestown so that city “will never be polluted by the footsteps of a lustful, relentless, inhuman foe.”  

Given that the war had started at Charlestown, both sides recognized the real and psychological impact of controlling that important Southern city.