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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 - #854

  With Union forces continuing to attack Petersburg on June 17, 1864 Lee finally decided that Grant had deceived him and the main Union threat against Richmond was in fact to the south at Petersburg.  Lee immediately shifted the bulk of his army toward that city.  The following morning with the Army of the Potomac once again attacking Beauregard Lee’s troops arrived in Petersburg’s trenches; Grant immediately came to the decision that the city could not be taken by direct assault.  With his forces holding two of the five railroads into Petersburg and many of its roads, the city possibly could be starved into submission as Vicksburg previously had been.  Grant’s six week  maneuver from the Rapidan to Petersburg was over; Lee’s 55,000 Confederates would now be besieged by Grant’s 110,000 Federals.