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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 - #818

Twenty-six months after Abraham Lincoln’s son, Willie, died from typhoid the angel of death visited the other White House in Richmond, Virginia.  Five year-old Joe Davis fell thirty feet from a rear balcony of the Davis’ home, breaking both legs and fracturing his skull.  He died soon after Varina and Jefferson Davis, who were at lunch at Davis’ office some four blocks from the couple’s official residence, arrived.  Joe apparently slipped away from supervision of his Irish nanny and climbed onto the balcony’s railing which was undergoing repair, but at lunchtime the workers were not present.  Grief stricken, Jefferson Davis spent hours alone in his study, muttering constantly “Not mine, O Lord, but Thine.”  In the midst of war, both Lincoln and Davis had to endure horrible, personal tragedy.