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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 - #951

  On Sunday, October 30, 1864 with advance elements of the Army of Tennessee reaching Tuscumbia and Florence, Alabama, Union forces in Tennessee prepared to oppose John Bell Hood’s Confederates.  Hood wanted to invade Tennessee and hoped to have Sherman’s Union command follow him.  Hood  expected Nathan Bedford Forrest’s command to join him, but Forrest had moved north from Jackson, Tennessee to the Tennessee River where on the 29th he captured the ship Mazeppa which contained nine thousand pairs of shoes.  Forrest decided to organize a makeshift Confederate “navy” on the Tennessee River, utilizing the Mazeppa and other prizes he had captured.  Forrest would not give up his activities and reunite with Hood’s army until mid-November. However, in a short time Forrest’s Tennessee River “navy” would do great damage to the Union.