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 - #1090

May 13, 2015

  On Friday, May 12, 1865 in the last engagement of any significance during the Civil War Union troops from Brazos de Santiago, Texas under Colonel Theodore Barrett marched inland toward Brownsville and attacked  Palmito Ranch on the banks of the Rio Grande River, some twelve miles from Brownsville.  The ranch was taken, but the Federals retreated under pressure.  Returning the following day, Union troops were attacked by Confederate forces commanded by Colonel John S.

This Week in the Civil War - #1089

May 12, 2015

  President Andrew Johnson had reason to declare that armed resistance to the American government was virtually at an end by May 10, 1865.  On that same day Confederate General Samuel Jones surrendered all forces under his command at Tallahassee, Florida, essentially ending the war in Florida.  Also, on that day William Clarke Quantrill, the twenty-seven year old, Confederate guerilla leader whose depredations in Missouri had added such horror to the Civil War, was fatally wounded and captured by Union forces near Taylorsville, Kentucky.  Quatrill’s death in Louisville, Kentucky on June 6,

This Week in the Civil War - #1088

May 11, 2015

  On Wednesday, May 10, 1865 near Irwinville, Georgia, Union cavalry surprised the encampment of President Jefferson Davis, arresting Davis, his wife, Postmaster General John Reagan, presidential secretary Burton Harrison, and a few others.  Numerous conflicting and exaggerated accounts of Davis’ capture exist.  When he was detained a short distance from his tent while trying to escape during a rainstorm, it was rumored that he was dressed as a woman because he was wearing a shawl which his wife had given him.  Davis was taken to Macon, Georgia and soon sent to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, wh

This Week in the Civil War - #1088

May 11, 2015

  On Wednesday, May 10, 1865 near Irwinville, Georgia, Union cavalry surprised the encampment of President Jefferson Davis, arresting Davis, his wife, Postmaster General John Reagan, presidential secretary Burton Harrison, and a few others.  Numerous conflicting and exaggerated accounts of Davis’ capture exist.  When he was detained a short distance from his tent while trying to escape during a rainstorm, it was rumored that he was dressed as a woman because he was wearing a shawl which his wife had given him.  Davis was taken to Macon, Georgia and soon sent to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, wh

This Week in the Civil War - #1087

May 8, 2015

  On Saturday, May 6, 1865 the Union War Department issued orders, establishing the military commission to try the alleged Lincoln assassination conspirators.  General David Hunter was placed in charge of the commission, with General Joseph Holt appointed as judge advocate.  In that role, Holt would serve as the chief prosecutor in the trial of the accused.  The other commission members were Generals Lew Wallace, Robert S. Foster, Thomas M. Harris, Albion P. Howe, and August Kautz, Colonels James A. Ekin and Charles H. Tompkins, and Lieutenant Colonel David R. Clendenin.

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