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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 - 669

October 1863 brought at bit of temporary relief to the Confederate nation.  Its forces had successfully halted Union drives against Charlestown, South Carolina and East Texas and had won at Chickamauga, bottling up Rosecrans Union army at Chattanooga. 

Yet the North was making a concerted effort to reinforce Rosecrans, and East Tennessee and the capital of Arkansas, Little Rock, were in Union hands.  The relentless Union drive against the Confederacy had been blunted but not stopped.  The South was simply too large an area to effectively defend with the armies available to the Confederate government. 

Perhaps most troubling of all was the Eastern theatre of war.  With both armies diverting troops to the West, no one knew what would next occur between George Meade and Robert E. Lee in Virginia.