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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 - 745

Human carnage is a tragic result of warfare.  However, it is easy to forget that while wintering the average Civil War soldier suffered greatly due to the cold, poor sanitation, and the general boredom of camp life.  Occasionally, tragic camp accidents would occur. 

Such is the case in January of 1864 for both armies.  On Sunday, January 17 a fire which destroyed large quantities of quartermaster supplies also killed two officers in their quarters at Camp Butler, Springfield, Illinois. On Monday, January 25, a sudden fire destroyed several Confederate hospital buildings at Camp Winder near Richmond, Virginia.  

While not taking human life, the destruction of hospital facilities and critical medical supplies which were always in short supply in the South had tragic consequences for the future when large scale fighting resumed.