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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 - 677

While Jefferson Davis visited with Bragg in north Georgia, Abraham Lincoln remained in Washington, D.C., maintaining a continuing dialogue with numerous politicians and his field generals.  With Lee’s army threatening Washington, D.C., the president sent many messages to George Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac. 

Lincoln also continued to be concerned about William Rosecrans’ situation at Chattanooga.  Lincoln’s correspondence clearly reveals his need for information.  On Wednesday, October 7 to Tennessee Governor Andrew Johnson, the president wired, “What news have you from Rosecrans’ Army….?” 

In messages to Rosecrans Lincoln remained supportive, noting in an October 12 wire that he believed that Rosecrans and Ambrose Burnside in eastern Tennessee now had the enemy “by the throat.”  But clearly Lincoln remained concerned about both Rosecrans and Lee’s movements against Meade’s army.