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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 - #822

On May 4, 1864 Grant’s Anaconda Plan was unleashed on the Confederacy.  The 122,000 man, Union Army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan River into northern Virginia, while approximately 40,000 men under Union General Benjamin Butler assembled in transports at Hampton Roads and moved up the James River to attack Richmond from the south.  At Chattanooga, Tennessee Union General William Tecumseh Sherman with 98,000 men moved against Atlanta, Georgia.  Confederate forces scrambled to meet this threat to the Confederate homeland.  Lee could muster only 66,000 men to confront the larger Army of the Potomac; he would have to use the geography of northern Virginia to his advantage.  Confederate forces guarding Richmond would have to contend with Butler, while Joe Johnston’s Confederates would have to confront Sherman’s larger force in Georgia.