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 - #1094

May 19, 2015

  On the second day of the grand review of Union forces in Washington, D.C., the troops of the West, including William Tecumseh Sherman’s forces, marched in review.  Sherman’s troops, more ragged and loose in their march and in some cases carrying the spoils of their foraging, sharply contrasted with the more disciplined Army of the Potomac.  Negro followers joined with their camp pets, adding a less formal air to the Grand Review.  Stopping at the presidential reviewing stand, Sherman dismounted and quickly shook hands with President Andrew Johnson but clearly refused the hand of Secretary

This Week in the Civil War - #1093

May 18, 2015

  With the war concluding and Jefferson Davis in custody, on May 23 and May 24, 1865 a grand review of Union troops was held in Washington, D.C.  With the White House flag at full staff for the first time since Lincoln’s death, thousands of soldiers of the Army of the Potomac, division by division, corps by corps, triumphantly marched through the national capital to the admiration of thousands who lined the streets.  The crowd cheered for the dashing cavalry, the long lines of infantry, and the horse drawn artillery.  It was truly a march of victory and triumph.  Yet unseen there were the t

This Week in the Civil War - #1092

May 15, 2015

  On Sunday, May 13, 1865 at Marshall, Texas the Confederate governors of Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and a representative of Texas met with Confederate General E.

This Week in the Civil War - #1091

May 14, 2015

  On Friday, May 12, 1865 in Washington, D.C. the eight accused Lincoln assassination conspirators pleaded not guilty to both specifications and charges before the nine man, military commission sitting as their court.

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.