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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 - 776

March 1, 1864 witnessed the failure of the Kilpatrick cavalry raid into Richmond in an attempt to free Union prisoners within that city.  Once the main force under Kilpatrick approached Richmond’s outer defenses he ascertained that he could not penetrate into the city and moved away to the east, ending his raid. 

The night Dalgren’s force, just two miles from Richmond, learned of Kilpatrick’s withdrawal and also retreated, moving to the northeast of Richmond.  Confederate troops ambushed Dalgren’s command, capturing over a hundred Federals and killing Dalgren. 

In the aftermath of battle, papers were alleged found on Colonel Dalgren’s body which claimed the goal of Kilpatrick’s mission was the assassination of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.  That allegation brought a new and controversial perspective to the American Civil War.