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Civil War
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 - 781

On Tuesday, March 8, 1864 in a White House ceremony cheers and handclaps erupted as President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant met for the first time.  Grant, in his disheveled general’s uniform, stood awkwardly by a sofa in the East Room of the White House as President Lincoln entered the room. 

Both men appeared somewhat embarrassed by the solemnness of the occasion, and each spoke little during the reception.  However, Lincoln and Grant would soon forge a strong, working relationship which would continue until Lincoln’s death in April 1865. 

So unalike in physical stature, each man would recognize in the other a strength of character and commitment to victory that would sustain both and ultimately bring a successful conclusion to the war with the Confederate States of America.