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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.

This Week in the Civil War - #821

On Tuesday, May 3, 1864 Ulysses Grant issued orders through General George Meade, directing that the Union Army of the Potomac cross the Rapidan River on the following morning, march around the right flank of Lee’s Confederates, and once again head south toward Richmond.  Grant could move against either Lee’s right or left flank.  Moving against Lee’s left would have meant better foraging and shorter supply lines for Grant’s force; moving against Lee’s right would force Grant’s army to move on exterior lines, lengthening his supply lines, depriving his army of abundance forage, and probably result in higher Union casualties.  Yet moving against Lee’s right might bring about a quicker victory which would ultimately save the Union.  Grant opted to move against Lee’s right flank, despite the hardships facing him.