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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 - 769

On Wednesday, February 17, 1864 the First Confederate Congress adjourned its fourth session after suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus until August 2, 1864, as requested earlier by President Jefferson Davis. 

The Confederate Congress and President mutually agreed that something had to be done to counter the growing resistance within the South toward conscription measures and other disloyal activities.  Suspension was, however, restricted only to arrests made under the direct authority of the President and the Confederate Secretary of War. 

On this same day, still fearing that William Tecumseh Sherman intended to march from Meridian, Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico to establish a base for reinforcements and supplies, the Confederate president also transferred units from Joseph Johnston’s command in north Georgia to Leonidas Polk’s army in Mississippi.