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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 - #1026

  Sherman’s relentless march northward through the South Carolina countryside effectively divided Confederate forces located in the eastern section of the state near Branchville and Charlestown from those Confederates stationed to the west at Aiken and in the state of Georgia.  On Saturday, February 11, 1865 President Jefferson Davis wrote General William Hardee that, if the Confederate forces in South Carolina could be concentrated sufficiently, he believed that Sherman could be defeated at Charlestown.  At the same time, however, Hardee’s immediate superior, General Pierre G.T. Beauregard, urged the evacuation of Charlestown, arguing that the Confederacy could not afford to lose another army.  With the Confederate high command in conflict over what to do about Charlestown, ironically Sherman intended not to attack that city but to bypass and therefore isolate it.