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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 - 717

On Monday, December 7, 1863 both Congresses of the Union and Confederacy convened.  In Richmond, Virginia, President Jefferson Davis in his message to Congress acknowledged the “grave reverses” of the last few months but stated that the enemy “has been checked.” 

Davis condemned the “savage ferocity” of the Union forces, adding “Nor has less unrelenting warfare been waged by these pretended friends of human rights and liberties against the unfortunate negroes….The hope last year entertained of an early termination of the war has not been realized…[but] the patriotism of the people has proved equal to every sacrifice demanded by their country’s needs.” 

If Davis truly believed that the Southern people were up to the task of the war, could he continue to justify the failure of his generals on the battlefield?