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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 - 730

During the winter months it was often too cold to effectively launch any large scale, offensive action against the enemy.  Such was the case in the last week of December 1863.  While the major fronts in Virginia and Georgia remained quiet, skirmishing did occur throughout most states of the South. 

Federal troops conducted a reconnaissance from Forsyth, Missouri to Batesville, Arkansas, while other minor activity occurred at Sand Mountain, Alabama, Port Gibson, Mississippi, and at far western locations in the Indian Territory near Fort Gibson and at Fort Gaston in California. 

Yet more often than not it was Union forces that seized the initiative.  Many in both the North and the South believed it was only a matter of time before the Southern Confederacy would be worn down and eventually defeated.