This Week in the 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.  Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War."  E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at

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This Week in the Civil War - #1072

18 hours ago

  On the same day in which Abraham Lincoln would be assassinated, at Charlestown, South Carolina Union General Robert Anderson, who in 1861 had surrendered Fort Sumter, triumphantly restored to its halyard the same flag which he had lowered in defeat some four years earlier.  After such a long time, the American flag once again flew over the fort which had become the very symbol of the American Civil War.  With the guns of the Union fleet thundering in salute, the clergyman/abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher spoke; for the American North the recapture of Fort Sumter was an occasion of solemn j

This Week in the Civil War - #1071

Apr 16, 2015

  On Friday night, April 14, 1865 tragedy struck the American nation, when during Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., an assassin—John Wilkes Booth—shot and mortally wounded Abraham Lincoln.  Bedlam reigned as Booth jumped from the presidential box to the stage, breaking his leg but successfully escaping into the night.  Lincoln was carried from Ford’s Theatre to a private residence and was placed in a rear bedroom.  A single bullet had entered the back of the president’s head and lodged near the right eye.  After a Union doctor probed for the bullet—most pro

This Week in the Civil War - #1070

Apr 15, 2015

  On Wednesday, April 12, 1865 at Appomattox Court House the Army of Northern Virginia marched into that village to formally surrender its arms and battle flags.  Federal troops led by General Joshua Chamberlain lined the way; at first the Confederates thought the Union troops were there to humiliate them.  However, they soon realized that the Federals were at full attention.  They were there not to humiliate but rather to honor the troops who had so bravely opposed them for some four and one-half years.  Realizing that fact, the Confederates immediately closed ranks, straightened tattered

This Week in the Civil War - #1069

Apr 14, 2015

  On the same day on which Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox, the besieged Confederates at Mobile, Alabama realized that they did not have adequate numbers to continue to resist their Union attackers and would have to evacuate that major, southern port city.  The Confederates removed whatever supplies they could, burned on hand cotton stocks, and abandoned Mobile on Tuesday, April 11, 1865.  On the following day the final, major city of the Confederacy fell, as Union troops under E.R.S.

This Week in the Civil War - #1068

Apr 13, 2015

  The finest home in the village of Appomattox Court House belonged to Wilmer McLean; there, in the early afternoon on Sunday, April 9, 1865 Robert E.