© 2022 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
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 - #881

  After marching all night, Hardee’s reinforced Confederate corps on Friday, July 22, 1864 struck the flank of McPherson’s Union forces east of Atlanta.  A second Confederate corps under Benjamin Cheatham, facing eastward, guarded Hardee’s rear and flank and assisted in the attack on McPherson’s Federals.  What the Confederates did not know was that two divisions of a Union corps had been ordered to extend McPherson’s flank during the preceding night, filling the very space which Hardee intended to mass and attack with his troops.  Bitter fighting ensued with heavy casualties on both sides.  Confederate General W.H.T. Walker was killed, as was Union General James McPherson.  By nightfall the Confederates withdrew, once again unsuccessful in their efforts to defeat a portion of Sherman’s army which literally remained at the gates of Atlanta.