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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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By mid-December 1863 both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were heavily involved in military and foreign policy matters.  In Washington on Saturday, December 19, 1863 President and Mrs. Lincoln, fully understanding the foreign policy significance of the moment, hosted an elaborate reception for the officers of the Russian warships visiting the east coast of the United States; numerous members of Congress and administration officials were present. 

On the same day in Richmond, Virginia a concerned Jefferson Davis wrote Joseph Johnston, his new commander of the Confederate Department and Army of Tennessee, acknowledging “The difficulties of your new position are realized and the Government will make every possible effort to aid you…”  Eastern Tennessee could not be successfully regained for the South, if Johnston failed in his new command.