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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 - #807

By mid-April 1864, communications flowed freely between President Jefferson Davis and his chief general in the field, Robert E. Lee.  Both men anticipated that Ulysses Grant’s long feared offensive in Virginia would soon begin.  Lee knew that logistics did not favor his army against Grant.  On Tuesday, April 12, 1864 Lee wrote Davis, candidly admitting, “I cannot see how we can operate with our present supplies.  Any derangement in their arrival, or disaster to the R.R. would render it impossible for me to keep the army together…”  Given the numerical and logistical superiority which Grant would have over Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, the fact that Lee could battle Grant to a virtual standstill for the next twelve months says much about the personality and military ability of Robert E. Lee.