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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 - 719

On Tuesday, December 8, 1863 in his annual message to Congress read to both congressional houses on the following day, President Abraham Lincoln reported that the nation’s foreign relations were peaceful and friendly for the most part, that the western territories were in satisfactory condition despite isolated Indian difficulties, that the blockade of the Southern coastline was increasingly efficient, and that the balance in the U.S. Treasury was over $5,300,000. Lincoln optimistically declared, “The crisis which threatened to divide the friends of the Union is past.”

The president acknowledged that the Mississippi River was firmly in Union hands, the enemy was being pushed back at many points, and that emancipation was working.  To those who fought for the Union, the president expressed his eternal gratitude.