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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 - 647

As September 1863 dawned, Abraham Lincoln seemed assured of ultimate Union victory, while Jefferson Davis focused on rallying the Southern masses to avoid defeat.  On their respective homefronts, the public responded in differing ways. 

In the North, many realized that despite Gettysburg and Vicksburg the war was not about to end; stopping Lee’s invasion of the North constituted a defensive, rather than offensive, victory.  Vicksburg was a strategic victory, disrupting internal commerce within the Confederacy but not necessarily blunting Confederate military activity. 

The Southern masses took comfort that, despite the defeats in Pennsylvania and on the Mississippi River, the Southern Confederacy was still viable and fighting.  Confederate agents abroad continued to attract sympathy and foreign aid for the Southern nation.  The American Civil War was indeed far from being finished.