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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 - #886

  At Petersburg, on July 30, 1864 Federal forces blasted approximately two  hundred yards of Confederate fortifications with men, horses, and cannon hurled 100 feet into the air, leaving a hole 170 feet long, nearly 80 feet wide, and 30 feet deep in the Confederate line.  Advancing Union forces stopped abruptly at the crater’s edge, only to be pushed into the massive hole by advancing troops behind them.  Confederate forces soon closed the gap in their lines and began firing downward at hundreds of Union troops milling helplessly in the crater.  By early afternoon the attack ended, but Federal survivors in the crater had to wait until nightfall to safely return to their lines.  Over 4000 Union soldiers became casualties in the failed attempt at Petersburg’s now infamous crater.