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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 - 713

As December 1863 dawned, military fortune favored the North.  George Meade’s maneuvers in Virginia threatened Lee’s smaller army. At Charlestown the Union bombardment against Fort Sumter had all but destroyed the military significance of that fortification.

At Chattanooga, Grant, Sherman, and Thomas had prevailed for the Union, and at Knoxville, Tennessee Union forces were still resisting Longstreet. In Texas Union General Nathaniel Banks had effectively closed all ports except Galveston and Sabine Pass to Confederate commerce. 

In truth, many Southerners doubted if the day would come for foreign recognition of the Confederacy and f eared that the North’s resolve to continue the war would prevail, while in turn many Northerners questioned whether the sacrifices made were worth the effort of maintaining the Union.  In truth, both sides were filled with uncertainty.