© 2024 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
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 - 765

Jefferson Davis by mid-1864 clearly despaired over the invasion of his nation by Union forces; he particularly was concerned about William Tecumseh Sherman’s march through his own state of Mississippi. 

On Thursday, February 11, 1864 Davis informed General Joseph Johnston that Sherman’s advance through Mississippi “should be met before he reaches the Gulf and establishes a base to which supplies and reinforcements may be sent by sea.” 

Unbeknown to Davis, Sherman had no intention of marching to the Gulf of Mexico so he could be resupplied; Sherman’s forces had every intention of living off the land, a policy that he would later so effectively employ in his infamous march through Georgia. Sherman’s force had determined Meridian, Mississippi to be its target.  From there Mississippi’s plantations and railroads could easily be destroyed.