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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 - #914

  After consulting with Ulysses Grant about the military situation in the Shenandoah Valley which Lincoln described as “a dead lock,” the president was determined to see the Union prevail in the Shenandoah.  By Thursday, September 15, 1864 Grant headed north from the relatively quiet Petersburg siege lines to consult with Philip Sheridan about the Shenandoah.  Unknown to Lincoln and his generals, on the prior day Anderson’s Confederate corps had been ordered to leave the Shenandoah to join Lee at Petersburg where reinforcements were badly needed.  This movement of troops would leave Jubal Early’s Confederate forces in the Shenandoah vulnerable to a future Union offensive led by Sheridan.  Once again, a manpower shortage would effectively cripple the military efficiency of the Confederacy and provide an advantage to Federal forces.