Civil War

The 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.

This Week in the Civil War - #1111

Jun 11, 2015

  Ulysses Grant, commander of all Union forces during the war, assumed a similar post in the war’s aftermath and had to deal with both Maximilian and the French in Mexico and the Indians on the western frontier.

This Week in the Civil War - #1110

Jun 10, 2015

  George Armstrong Custer developed a reputation during the Civil War as a flamboyant, yet highly effective Union cavalry commander who personally led his unit into action on numerous occasions. After the war Custer was dispatched to the West to fight in the Indian Wars. He and his entire command were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876, while fighting against a coalition of Native American tribes in what has come to be known as "Custer's Last Stand."  His Seventh Cavalry was defeated so decisively that all Custer’s prior achievements were overshadowed.

This Week in the Civil War - #1109

Jun 9, 2015

  Confederate General Joseph Johnston struggled financially after the war.  He became president of a small railroad company until 1868, when he then established an insurance company in Savannah, Georgia which became an agent for the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company.  That venture allowed him time to write his memoirs, which were critical of Jefferson Davis and others of his fellow Confederates.  Entering politics in 1879, he was elected to one term in Congress and later served as a commissioner of railroads during the Grover Cleveland administration.  Serving as a pallbearer

When J.R. Hardman, 28, asked to join a group of Civil War re-enactors in a military drill a few years ago, the unit commander said no dice.

Hardman was willing to wear the wool uniform, carry the gear, load the muskets, eat the hardtack, but the brass still said no.

Because ... J.R. Hardman is a woman.

The unit commander told her to talk to his wife, who would help Hardman find a hoop skirt.

This Week in the Civil War - #1108

Jun 8, 2015

  After the war, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman served as Commanding General of the United States Army, 1869 to 1883.  During that time, he also served briefly as the interim Secretary of War after the death of John A.