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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 - #849

  The wartime letters and messages from Jefferson Davis to Robert E. Lee are historically of note.  Davis never lacked the fortitude to advise Lee on any matter and often used Lee as a sounding board for his own frustrations.  For instance, on Thursday, June 9, 1864 Davis wrote Lee, warning him that “indications are that Grant despairing of a direct attack is now seeking to embarrass you by flank movements.”  In fact, Grant’s entire drive against Richmond was a continuous flanking movement to Lee’s left, with few, direct frontal assaults.  Davis’ words, therefore, were not a surprise to Lee.  In the same letter, Davis also expressed his concerns about the Union threat to Petersburg and lamented that Joseph Johnston had not yet counterattacked against Sherman’s Federal troops in Georgia.