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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 - #829

On May 12, 1864, Federal troops under General Benjamin Butler at Bermuda Hundred, Virginia now threatened both Petersburg and Richmond but did not press their advantage.  The Richmond home guard, now commanded by General Beauregard, scrambled to assemble the few troops it had for the defense of the Confederate capital, since most available manpower was with Lee in the field.  While Butler tentatively advanced upon Drewry’s Bluff and Fort Darling in the south side of the James River, General Philip Sheridan’s cavalry attempted to link up with Butler’s forces.  On the 11th Sheridan’s cavalry had drawn Jeb Stuart’s Confederate cavalry into the field at Yellow Tavern, defeating the Confederates and killing Stuart.  Richmond was threatened both from the north and the southeast and increasingly pestered by Sheridan’s cavalry as well.