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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 - #853

  When Smith’s Union corps arrived at Petersburg, Confederate General Beauregard had only three thousand troops defending the city.  To attack  Petersburg, Grant ordered Hancock’s corps, the vanguard of his army which crossed the James, to assist Smith.  On June 15, 1864, Smith’s troops attacked Beauregard’s defenses, taking a mile or so of Petersburg’s outer fortifications but not breaching the main Confederate line.  Unfortunately, Hancock’s troops did not arrive until 7 pm and did not join the attack.  This missed opportunity allowed Beauregard to shift troops from Bermuda Hundred on the James to Petersburg.  The following day with Bermuda Hundred’s defenses stripped to a mere thousand troops Beauregard stopped the Federals at Petersburg.  However, Union forces at Bermuda Hundred overran the weakened Confederate defenses, forcing a later counterattack to retake Bermuda Hundred.