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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 - #1063

  On Monday, April 3, 1865 Union troops entered Richmond and attempted to restore order in the former Confederate capital.  At 8:15 a.m. in the City Hall, Union General Godfrey Weitzel accepted the city’s formal surrender.  Union regimental bands played as jubilant Negroes swarmed into the streets, while white Confederates looked in disbelief as blue coated troops occupied their city.  “It was too awful to remember, if it were possible to erase, but that can not be,” observed one resident.  After meeting with Grant in occupied Petersburg, Lincoln told Admiral Porter “I have been dreaming a horrid dream for four years, and the nightmare is gone.  I want to see Richmond.” Regardless of the danger of doing so, the president expressed his desire to visit Richmond on the following day.