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 - #1009

Jan 20, 2015

  On Monday, January 16, 1865 in Richmond, Virginia the Confederate Senate overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution, declaring that the Confederate Congress believed that the South’s premier military leader, General Robert E.

This Week in the Civil War - #1008

Jan 19, 2015

  News of Ft. Fisher’s capitulation spread rapidly throughout both the North and the South, since the fort’s capture essentially cut off Wilmington, North Carolina, the South’s last, major access point for blockade runners.

This Week in the Civil War - #1007

Jan 16, 2015

  On January 13, 1865, after a three-day bombardment during which Admiral David Porter’s navy fired approximately 20,000 artillery rounds at Fort Fisher, eight thousand troops under General Alfred Terry landed on a narrow flat north of the fort.  Terry’s troops dug in, expecting resistance from some 6000 Confederates from nearby Wilmington under Braxton Bragg. Bragg, however, elected not to come to the assistance of Fort Fisher, despite appeals by both Fisher’s commander Colonel William Lamb and General W. H. C.

This Week in the Civil War - #1006

Jan 15, 2015

  Anticipating that General Richard Taylor, the only son of President Zachary Taylor, would soon be appointed to replace John Bell Hood as the commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, President Jefferson Davis on Friday, January 13, 1865 wrote Taylor, noting “Sherman’s campaign has produced bad effect on our people, success against his future operations is needful to reanimate public confidence.  Hardee requires more aid than Lee can give him, and Hood’s army is the only source to which we can now look.”  Davis advised that some of Hood’s troops had to be kept in the West to hold Uni

This Week in the Civil War - #1005

Jan 14, 2015

   On Thursday, January 12, 1865 in Richmond, Virginia Francis Preston Blair, Sr., a Democrat who abandoned his party and helped establish the Republican Party in the 1850s, meet with President Jefferson Davis, discussing unofficially the possibilities for peace.  With Lincoln’s apparent blessings, Blair made a series of suggestions to Davis.  From this meeting Blair procured a letter to Lincoln, expressing Davis’ willingness “to enter into conference, with a view to secure peace to the two countries.” That would be a problem; Davis did not wish to relinquish independence of the southern st