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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 - 761

The long feared march through Mississippi by Union forces under General William Sherman began in early February 1864. As Sherman’s forces advanced from Vicksburg through the old battlefields of 1863, Confederate forces under General Leonidas Polk gave grounds before the superior Union force.

By Friday, February 5, 1864 Union forces entered Jackson, the state capital; destroyed by Sherman’s forces in May 1863, Jackson was no longer militarily important and was once again abandoned after skirmishing by Confederate cavalry. 

With 26,000 infantry and an additional force of approximately 7600 Union cavalry, Sherman could not be stopped.  The vastness of the Southern Confederacy left her vulnerable to Union assaults, and William Tecumseh Sherman would become the most effective, and infamous, of those Union generals invading the heartland of the South.