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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.

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Drewry’s Bluff on the west side of a ninety degree bend in the James River some seven miles from Richmond served to prevent Union gunboats from attacking the Confederate capital.  On Monday, May 16, 1864 at Drewry’s Bluff ten Confederate brigades struck Union General Benjamin Butler’s right flank.  Despite the fact that some Confederate units did not get under way in time to press their attack and despite a separate Confederate force from Petersburg failing to assault the Federal rear, Butler retreated toward Bermuda Hundred, pinning his army between the James River on the north, the Appomattox River on the south, and Confederates to his front.  “Corked in a bottle,” Butler’s threat to the Confederate capital had once again been effectively thwarted by Confederate initiative and Butler’s own military ineptitude.