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 - #1086

May 7, 2015

  By Saturday, May 6, 1865 the fleeing Jefferson Davis and his entourage, attempting to get south of their Union pursuers so they could then journey to the Confederate Department of the Trans-Mississippi to continue the war, neared Sandersville, Georgia.  Union cavalry was diligently scouring the southern parts of South Carolina and northern Georgia, looking for Davis and his compatriots.  On May 9, the Confederate president and his wife Varina joyfully reunited at Dublin, Georgia near the Oconee River, having been separated for more than a month since Richmond’s fall.  Their reunion would

This Week in the Civil War - #1085

May 6, 2015

  Abraham Lincoln was buried at Springfield, Illinois on Thursday, May 4, 1865.  Lincoln’s body and the remains of his son William Wallace Lincoln who had died in 1863 were brought from Washington, D.C.

This Week in the Civil War - #1084

May 5, 2015

  On Wednesday, May 3, 1865 President Jefferson Davis and his entourage crossed the Savannah River and made their way to Washington, Georgia.  It was at Washington, Georgia on May the 5th that Davis held his last Cabinet meeting with fourteen officials present; following the meeting Davis’ entourage without Judah Benjamin, immediately left for Sandersville, Georgia.   Benjamin, who had served in the Cabinet since the start of the war, would escape and eventually make his way to England.  One of Washington, Georgia’s most lingering mysteries is that of the alleged, lost Confederate gold.  So

This Week in the Civil War - #1083

May 4, 2015

  On Tuesday, May 2, 1865 President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation in which he accused Jefferson Davis and other high ranking Confederates of inciting the murder of Abraham Lincoln and of procuring those who perpetuated the actual crime.  A reward of $100,000 was offered for information leading to Davis’ arrest.  With no reliable historian ever connecting Davis to Lincoln’s assassination, this proclamation must be seen in light of the national hysteria resulting from Lincoln’s death.  On the same day, Jefferson Davis and his entourage arrived at Abbeville, South Carolina where the con

This Week in the Civil War - #1082

May 1, 2015

  With the war mercifully coming to an end by early May 1865, growing bitterness over Lincoln’s assassination fueled Northern anxieties.  The Radical Republicans in Congress pressured President Johnson to pursue a vindictive policy against the southern states, believing that Lincoln was a victim of the same, southern secessionist diehards who had started the Civil War in 1861.  Yet Johnson seemed inclined to adopt the policies of his martyred predecessor.  For a great many in the South, the end of the war brought a floodtide of emotions—both relief and despair.   Many former Confederates ha