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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 - #877

  On Sunday, July 17, 1864 President Jefferson Davis sent a wire to Joseph Johnston at Atlanta, noting “as you failed to arrest the advance of the enemy to the vicinity of Atlanta….and express no confidence that you can defeat or repel him, you are hereby relieved from the command of the Army and Department of Tennessee, which you will immediately turn over to General Hood.”  Davis could not excuse the loss of so much territory to Sherman’s advancing forces, but to the end Johnston believed that he pursued the only strategy realistically open to him and that, through that strategy, the Army of the Tennessee had been preserved.  The selection of flamboyant John Bell Hood from Texas as army commander was itself controversial.  Some Confederates cheered his appointment; others lamented it.