© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
KTXI 90.1 FM is currently on low power after equipment at our transmitter site suffered winter storm damage.
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 - #861

  On Monday, June 27, 1864, at Kennesaw Mountain near Marietta, Georgia William Tecumseh Sherman’s Federals attacked Joseph Johnston’s well entrenched Confederates.  For weeks Sherman had attempted in a series of maneuvers to turn Johnston’s flank so that he could take Atlanta, but at Kennesaw Mountain Sherman abandoned his prior efforts and decided to frontally assault Johnston’s army.  In their greatest encounter to date, Johnston’s troops held firm, inflicting over 2000 casualties on the attacking Union forces while only suffering approximately 500 casualties of their own.  After Kennesaw Mountain, Sherman would return to his flanking maneuvers, forcing Johnston to abandon Kennesaw Mountain and to entrench at Smyrna, Georgia.  Kennesaw Mountain was not Sherman's first large-scale frontal assault during the Civil War, but it was most certainly his last.