© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
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 - #871

  At the Monocacy River southeast of Frederick, Maryland some forty miles northeast of Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 9, 1864, 6000 Union troops engaged part of Jubal Early’s advancing force.  After a stubborn fight, Union General Lew Wallace’s inexperienced, largely untrained, short term militiamen were routed with Union casualties of approximately 2000, of whom 1200 were missing in action.  While not a major battle,  the engagement at the Monocacy delayed Early’s advance against Washington, D.C. for one full day, allowing additional Union forces time to come to the defense of Washington and other Northern cities. Grant ordered two divisions of the Union Sixth Corps to Washington from City Point, Virginia and by letter stated his intention, if requested by President Lincoln, of personally going to Washington to oversee the city’s defenses.