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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 - #831

On Sunday, May 15, 1864, in western Virginia Confederate General John Breckinridge prepared to engage Franz Sigel’s Union forces which were advancing from the north against the Shenandoah Valley.  The Confederates included 247 students hastily gathered from the Virginia Military Institute.  Breckinridge attacked at New Market, forcing Sigel’s Federals to retreat and temporarily protecting the Shenandoah Valley.  Ten of the VMI cadets were killed and forty-seven wounded; despite being a small part of the victorious Confederates, the cadets’ involvement was impressive.  Every spring since 1864 a solemn review is held at VMI to honor the cadets who served at New Market, and many Hollywood movies, including John Wayne’s 1959 ‘Horse Soldiers,’ include the VMI cadet attack, despite the movie being loosely based on a 1863 Union raid through Mississippi!