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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 - #1019

  On Wednesday, February 1, 1865 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman began his march into the interior of South Carolina from Savannah, Georgia and Beaufort, South Carolina.  The Union Fifteenth and Seventeenth Corps moved ahead despite burned bridges and felled trees by the few Confederate forces which blocked their way.  The flooded Savannah River proved to be a greater impediment to confront than the enemy.  Sherman was still disguising his goal to confuse his enemy; he intended to take Columbia, South Carolina’s capital, but he feinted toward both Charlestown and Augusta to confuse Hardee’s Confederates.  Confederate cavalry harassed the Union advance but in no way impeded Sherman’s northward march into the state which was so symbolically tied to the principle of states’ rights and had witnessed the start of the war.