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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 - #820

On Monday, May 2, 1864, addressing the first session of the Second Confederate Congress in Richmond, President Jefferson Davis condemned the “absolute barbarism” of the Northern armies in their “Plunder and devastation of the property of noncombatants, destruction of private dwellings, and even of edifices devoted to the worship of God; expeditions organized for the sole purpose of sacking cities, consigning them to the flames, killing the unarmed inhabitants, and inflicting horrible outrages on women and children.”  Despite acknowledging no immediate hope for foreign recognition, Davis expressed great optimism about military and other matters facing his administration.  The president knew that Ulysses Grant was about to unleash his Anaconda Plan against the South but stoically continued, at least publicly, to express his unbridled enthusiasm for his nation’s future.