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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 - #876

  On Saturday, July 16, 1864 President Jefferson Davis sent a wire to Joseph Johnston at Atlanta, demanding “I wish to hear from you as to [the] present situation and your plan of operations so specifically as will enable me to anticipate events.”  Johnston replied that the size of Sherman’s Union army forced him on the defensive, making him watch for an opportunity to fight.  He also noted that, if the Georgia militia could hold Atlanta for just a day or two, his army’s movements could be “freer and wider.”  Given that Davis had already sent General Braxton Bragg to investigate whether Johnston had been diligent in his defense of Atlanta, Johnston’s response to Davis’ wire did not yield concrete plans for the city’s defense nor did it reassure the Confederate president.