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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 - 684

On Tuesday, October 20, 1863 after conferring with Union Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, Ulysses Grant left Louisville, Kentucky for Chattanooga, Tennessee.   At Stevenson, Alabama Grant conferred with William Rosecrans who Grant had replaced in command at Chattanooga and continued on his way toward that city. 

The mountain roads on which he traveled were almost impassable due to their muddy condition, and Grant clearly suffered from an injury to his leg which occurred earlier in New Orleans when his horse fell on him. 

It was on Friday, October 23 when Grant and his traveling party arrived at General George Thomas’ Chattanooga headquarters; Grant soon learned of the threatened situation confronting the Army of the Cumberland.  The siege of Chattanooga had to be broken quickly to avoid a major Union defeat.