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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 - 773

In late February 1864, promotions and statements of support for the military seemed to be the focus of both the North and the South, as the wintering of armies came to an end.  On Wednesday February 24, General Braxton Bragg became the Confederate chief of staff in charge of all Southern forces. 

Bragg retained Jefferson Davis’ support, despite his defeat at Missionary Ridge and his constant conflict with his fellow officers.  That same day the U.S. Senate revived the rank of lieutenant general; the Congress clearly had Ulysses Grant, the hero of Vicksburg, in mind for this significant rank. 

And, on Friday, February the 26th Abraham Lincoln in a memorandum confirmed his confidence in controversial General Benjamin Butler, urging the War Department sustain Butler in his military endeavors.