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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 - #1017

  The last day of January 1865 witnessed Jefferson Davis appointing General Robert E. Lee as General-in-Chief of the Confederate Armies.  In truth, Lee’s appointment had little effect on the outcome of the war, since he primarily continued as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. In Washington, D.C. President Lincoln sent Secretary of State William Seward to Fortress Monroe to deal with the recently appointed Confederate commissioners.  However, Lincoln again restated his position against the continuance of slavery and noted that there could be no termination of hostilities short of ending the war with the goal of reuniting the one American nation.  This, of course, was completely opposite of the instructions which Davis gave his commissioners; Davis desired peace between the “two nations,” thus insuring the continuing independence of the Confederacy.