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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.

This Week in the Civil War - 631

On August 8, 1863 Confederate General Robert E. Lee sent a letter to President Jefferson Davis in which Lee offered to resign as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. 

Reminding Davis of his generally declining health, Lee also noted the level of distress in the public press as a result of his failure to prevail at Gettysburg.  Noting that his troops had been “too generous to exhibit it” and his “brother officers too kind to report it,” Lee nevertheless feared that discontentment was present in his army. 

So he wrote, “I therefore, in all sincerity, request your excellency to take measures to supply my place” with a younger, worthier leader. One has to believe this was not what Davis wanted to hear from his best field commander.