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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 - #809

The anxiety that Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee shared over Grant’s anticipated offensive into Virginia was shared by the Confederate press.  On Friday, April 15, 1864 the Richmond Examiner stated “So far, we feel sure of the issue.  All else is mystery and uncertainty.  Where the first blow will fall, when the two armies of Northern Virginia will meet each other face to face; how Grant will try to hold his own against the master spirit of Lee, we cannot even surmise.”  Clearly, even if the “where” and “when” had yet to be determined, all in the Confederacy feared Grant’s soon-to-occur drive into the heartland of Virginia. It appeared that the proverbial sword of Damocles was hanging tenuously over the head of the Confederate States of America.