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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 - 703

On Wednesday, November 18, 1863 a special train  left Washington, D.C. for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Depressed due to the Union military situation at both Chattanooga and Knoxville and because of Tad Lincoln’s illness, President Abraham Lincoln related few stories en route. 

To his secretary John Hay, Lincoln remarked that he felt weak.  Upon arriving at Gettysburg, the president spoke briefly to a small crowd outside the Wills House, where he was staying the night, and then retired to work on his remarks for the following day. 

On the morning of November 19, Lincoln mentioned to John Nicolay that he was dizzy, and others described the president as having “a ghastly color” and “almost haggard.”  We know now that Lincoln was suffering from a mild case of smallpox when delivering the Gettysburg Address.