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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 - #893

  As news spread of Union Admiral David Farragut’s victory at Mobile Bay, Alabama, the main front for the Confederacy remained by mid-August 1864 the Shenandoah Valley, where Confederate infantry and cavalry of Jubal Early evaded and harassed Union forces led by Philip Sheridan.  As Early’s veteran Confederates retreated southward from Winchester toward Cedar Creek, skirmishing occurred near Winchester, Newtown, Toll Gate, and White Post.  The Union War Department understood all too well that if Early could not be defeated, then Washington, D.C. would remain vulnerable to a quick strike, Confederate raid.  What was most needed to protect Washington, D.C. was victory over Early and then to have Union forces neutralize the Shenandoah Valley, destroying its economic infrastructure and thus denying its support to any future Confederate invaders.