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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 - 734

In mid-December 1863 while at the  mouth of the Rio Grande River, Captain John Gillis of the USS Ossipee requested instructions on whether he should seize ships bearing legal documentation which were headed for Matamoras, Mexico, if he believed that they bore goods which would later be shipped into Confederate Texas. 

Several days later Union Commodore H.H. Bell unequivocally responded, suggesting “the proper course of action …will be to warn off from our waters all legal traders trading with Mexico, and to seize them if they should neglect the warning.  Although the [U.S.] Government does not desire to give unnecessary annoyance to neutrals, it expects the officers entrusted with the blockade to do everything within their power to break up... the contraband trade which is known to be carried on there.”