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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.

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Union General Nathaniel Banks was determined to invade East Texas via the Red River through Louisiana.  Earlier in the war, Banks had seen Galveston, Texas seized but retaken by the Confederates in January 1863 and had then been repulsed at Sabine Pass in September 1863. 

While successful invading South Texas in November 1863, Banks once again focused his efforts at a fourth invasion of Confederate Texas.  In truth, Union General Henry Halleck had consistently urged Banks to undertake the Red River campaign; Banks preferred attacking Galveston from the sea rather than overland from Louisiana. 

Since Grant would have preferred Banks moving against Mobile, Alabama, the Red River campaign is one of the reasons Halleck was demoted when Grant was promoted to the position of general in chief of all Union armies.