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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 - 766

On Sunday, February 14, 1864 William Tecumseh Sherman’s forces entered Meridian, Mississippi after marching from Vicksburg, with little opposition from General Leonidas Polk’s Confederate cavalry.  For six days Union troops stayed in Meridian, destroying railroads, numerous other infrastructure, and supplies in the area. 

One hundred fifteen miles of railroads, sixty-one bridges, and twenty locomotives were destroyed during this expedition, and Sherman later was quoted, noting “For five days 10,000 men worked hard and with a will in that work of destruction…Meridian, with its depots, store-houses, arsenals, hospitals, offices, hotels, and cantonments no longer exists.” 

The same dogged spirit and determination which Sherman later pursued against the people of Georgia in his infamous “march to the sea” was first displayed on the unfortunate residents of the Meridian, Mississippi area.