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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 - #824

On May 6, 1864 the Battle of the Wilderness continued with Hancock’s Union corps attacking the salient in Lee’s front between Ewell’s and Hill’s corps.  Hill’s corps crumpled under the weight of Hancock’s advance, forcing it to retreat past Lee.  Lee rode among Hill’s men, begging them to stop; suddenly the first of Longstreet’s corps arrived on the battlefield, led by Hood’s Texas Brigade.  Lee excitedly joined Hood’s advance until the Texans forced Lee to the rear.  They then attacked and stopped Hancock’s advance.  Uniting with Ewell’s forces, Longstreet then attacked the Union left flank.  Only the untimely wounding of Longstreet by his own troops prevented a complete Confederate victory.  Nightfall was coming when Confederate troops pushed back the other Union flank, ending the two day, essentially stalemated, Wilderness engagement.