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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.

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  By mid-September 1864, despite the Union conquest of Atlanta and the continuing siege at Petersburg, political talk and the potential for Lincoln’s defeat in November threatened to obscure any advances the North achieved on the battlefield.  The Radical Republicans had broken with Lincoln and nominated dissident John C. Fremont, while mainstream Republicans remained supportive of Lincoln’s reelection.  The Democrats had also split into a War Faction and Peace Faction; the Democrats’ leading presidential candidate was George McClellan of the Peace Faction.  Voices of opposition to the war were loud from the Democrats, Northern Copperheads, and other administration critics, including the Radical Republicans who believed Lincoln too conciliatory to the rebellious South.  In the North, politics made the electorate as well as President Abraham Lincoln increasingly uncomfortable.