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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 - #936

  On Sunday, October 9, 1864 in the Shenandoah Valley Union General Philip Sheridan instructed two cavalry divisions of Generals George Armstrong Custer and Wesley Merritt to attack Confederate cavalry at Tom’s Brook, Virginia.  In heavy fighting the Confederates retreated miles down the Shenandoah Valley. Federal cavalry captured over 300 prisoners, while suffering only 9 killed and 48 wounded.  On the following day Sheridan’s Union forces moved north across Cedar Creek and took up even stronger defensive positions within the Valley. Determined not to let Early’s smaller Confederate force ever again utilize the Shenandoah Valley, Sheridan sparred for the next ten days with his Confederate opponent, until October 19, 1864 when Early’s undermanned Confederates would attack Sheridan at Cedar Hill, Virginia. To many observers, the Shenandoah Valley was still up for grabs.