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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 - #898

  Disappointed by so many former, Union Army of the Potomac generals, Abraham Lincoln was greatly pleased with Ulysses Grant’s aggressive military mindset.  When Grant expressed his desire to continue the siege of Petersburg, on Wednesday, August 17, 1864 Lincoln encouraged his general to continue to “Hold on with a bull-dog gripe [sic] and chew & choke, as much as possible.”  The president also agreed with Grant when, on the following day the general summarily rejected an exchange of Confederate and Union prisoners of war.  Grant understood that the smaller populated South needed to pursue prisoner exchanges to replace her combat casualties and that fewer Union prisoners to house and feed would be a lesser burden on the South’s finances.  Grant refused an exchange, a decision Lincoln wholeheartedly understood and endorsed.