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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 - #1018

  The first Wednesday of February 1865 was greeted in differing ways by the two sections of America at war with another.  In the North, optimism abounded that the many states would quickly ratify the Thirteenth Amendment now that Congress had finally proposed it, while in the southern Confederacy both the public and government despaired over a lack of manpower and materials with which to pursue the war effort.  Yet hopes of peace—even a negotiated one—remained as long as the two sides were willing to meet and talk about the potential for peace. With the Hampton Roads Conference planned for later in the week, both the North and South dreamed of peace, given that the Civil War was now entering its thirty-fifth, long month of constant strife.