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 - #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.

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