© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
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 - 634

On Tuesday, August 11, 1863 after two days of reflection President Jefferson Davis responded to Robert E. Lee’s offer to resign, refusing to accept the general’s resignation.  Davis noted that “our country could not bear to lose you” and admitted, “To ask me to substitute you by someone in my judgment more fit to command….is to demand of me an impossibility.” 

Davis encouraged Lee “to take all possible care of yourself” and asked God’s blessings so that “the Lord will preserve you for the important duties devolved upon you in the struggle of our suffering country for the independence which we have engaged in war to maintain.” 

After this and for as long as there would be an Army of Northern Virginia, there would never again be talk about Lee resigning.