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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  On Saturday, March 4, 1865 Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term as president of the United States.  In his address, Lincoln noted, “With malice toward none, with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”  Looking beyond the end of the war, Lincoln benevolently used words of i

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  Aware as he was of Lee’s recent message to Grant about ending the war through a military agreement, on Friday, March 3, 1865 Abraham Lincoln send Ulysses Grant a message, signed by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, instructing Grant “to have no conference with General Lee unless it be for the capitulation of Gen.

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Mar 4, 2015

  On Friday, March 3, 1865 the Thirty-eighth Congress of the United States held a marathon, final session which adjourned about 8 a.m. on March 4.  A flurry of last minute bills passed, including an act to establish a Bureau for the Relief of Freedmen and Refugees.  The so-named Freedmen’s Bureau would have “control of all subjects relating to refugees and freedmen from rebel States.”  Providing temporary subsistence, clothing, and fuel, the Bureau’s primary function would be to assign land to those in need.

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Mar 3, 2015

  On Thursday, March 2, 1865 General Robert E.

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Mar 2, 2015

  On Thursday, March 2, 1865 at Waynesborough, Virginia General George Armstrong Custer with 5000 Union troops  assaulted Jubal Early’s once powerful Confederate force now reduced to two infantry brigades and cavalry totaling between one to two thousand men.  Although escaping capture with his staff officers, Early later told of his “mortification of seeing the greater part of my command being carried off as prisoners.”  Over 1000 Confederates were captured, along with two hundred wagons, ten artillery pieces, and seventeen battle flags.  After resting for two days the victorious Union cava