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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.

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On Tuesday, December 1, 1863, while accepting his demotion from field command, Braxton Bragg responded Jefferson Davis concerning the criticism against him noting, “The disaster admits of no palliation, and is justly disparaging to me as a commander…I fear we both erred in the conclusion for me to retain command here after the clamor raised against me.” 

Bragg, who at times proved himself an able soldier, had too often shown that he could not work with others; throughout his military career from the Mexican War forward he had consistently criticized others for his failures. 

For years to come the quarrels, charges, and countercharges by Bragg and his subordinate officers would continue.  Bragg’s detractors were not all from the Confederate side; Ulysses Grant also was highly critical of Bragg’s martial abilities.