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 - #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.

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