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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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Following his inauguration of governor of Union-held Louisiana on March 4, 1864, perhaps no governor was held in greater respect than was Michael Hahn.  As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives early in the war, Hahn had met and befriended Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States. 

While General Nathaniel Banks was in charge of Louisiana, he favored moderation in the exercise of government; Hahn supported Banks’ views, while radical Unionists favored a less moderate, stricter rule for the state.  When Hahn won election, a grateful Banks financed his inauguration. 

Yet after Banks was replaced by General Stephen Hurlbut as commander of the Department of the Gulf, Hurlbut refused to recognize the Hahn government, forcing Hahn to resign on March 3, 1865, after 364 days as governor.