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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 - #828

After a failed Union assault against Confederate lines at Spotsylvania on May 10, on Thursday, May 12, 1864, 15,000 Union troops commanded by Winfield Scott Hancock attacked a salient in the Confederate lines.  The unfortunate withdrawal of Confederate artillery forced bitter hand-to-hand fighting which resulted in thousands of casualties at what has been known since as “the Bloody Angle.”  The dead and dying piled up five deep in the Confederate trenches, and medium sized trees literally were cut in half by errant shots.  Confederate defenders eventually withdrew to a new line as their salient was eliminated.  On the Federal left Union General Ambrose Burnside also attacked but gained little except to hold potential Confederate reinforcements from the main battle line. The two armies accomplished little while exchanging relatively unimportant ground.