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 - #1081

Apr 30, 2015

  On Monday, May 1, 1865 President Andrew Johnson ordered that a military commission of nine army officers try the eight accused Lincoln assassination conspirators rather than a civil court.  Those accused and held in prison were David Herold, George Atzerodt, Samuel Arnold, Lewis Payne, Michael O’Laughlin, Edward Spandler, Mrs. Mary Surratt, and Samuel Mudd.  Of the eight, Samuel Mudd was most unfortunate.  The evening of Lincoln’s assassination Dr.

This Week in the Civil War - #1080

Apr 29, 2015

  On Sunday, April 30, 1865 near Mobile, Alabama Union General E.R.S.

This Week in the Civil War - #1079

Apr 28, 2015

  Following a cabinet meeting on April 26, 1865 at Charlotte, North Carolina, Jefferson Davis announced his intention to leave that very day with the aim of fleeing west of the Mississippi River.  Most of his cabinet agreed, but not Attorney General George Davis, who immediately left the group.  He would be captured six months later at Key West, Florida and imprisoned in New York until paroled in 1866.  The following day George Trenholm, Secretary of the Confederate Treasury, who was in poor health, resigned with Postmaster General John H.

This Week in the Civil War - #1078

Apr 27, 2015

  On Thursday, April 27, 1865, sailing just north of Memphis, Tennessee with her decks overcrowded with hundreds of Union soldiers on their way home Confederate prison camps, the side-wheeler S.S.

This Week in the Civil War - #1077

Apr 24, 2015

  On Monday, April 24, 1865 Ulysses Grant visited William Tecumseh Sherman’s Raleigh, North Carolina headquarters, bringing news that new President Andrew Johnson had disapproved the terms of Sherman’s agreement with Confederate General Joseph Johnston.  Sherman was ordered to give forty-eight hours’ notice and then resume hostilities, if Johnston did not surrender.  Sherman was incensed by Johnson’s disapproval and afterwards consistently claimed that he never intended to negotiate peace terms to Johnston.  Nevertheless, he immediately informed Johnston of the forty-eight hour notification