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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 - #916

  For months Union forces besieging Charlestown, South Carolina had bombarded the Confederate defenders of Fort Sumter.  On an island in the middle of Charlestown Harbor, the fortification had long since lost its ability to withstand bombardment.  No longer a strategic fortification, Fort Sumter nevertheless retained its symbolic importance to a beleaguered South.  In both August and September 1864 Union forces attempted to detonate rafts loaded with gunpowder in order to shake Sumter’s remaining walls to pieces.  In both cases the rafts had exploded harmlessly, doing little damage.  By Wednesday, September 7, 1864 when yet another round of Union artillery was launched against Fort Sumter, an estimated 14,666 rounds had been launched against the fort over the prior sixty days, with Sumter’s battered but stubborn defenders taking an estimated eighty-one casualties.