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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The debate over flying the Confederate flag has moved to a private cemetery near certain African-American neighborhoods in San Antonio. The Confederate Cemetery on the city’s Eastside is the burial site for hundreds of soldiers who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and the debate is over whether the cemetery flag should come down. 

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Texas’ refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag, rejecting a free-speech challenge.

The court said in a 5-4 ruling that Texas can limit the content of license plates because they are state property and not the equivalent of bumper stickers.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans had sought a Texas plate bearing its logo with the battle flag. A state board rejected it over concerns that the license plate would offend many Texans.

Francis Biknell Carpenter

June 19, 1865 Union soldiers landed at Galveston to announce that the war had ended and slaves in the south were free. 

Since then 43 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the holiday of Juneteenth. It is the nation's preeminent celebration of the end of slavery, but many across the country have never heard of it and others hold it at arms length.

Should Juneteenth be a federally mandated holiday? Why is their resistance to it and how did it become the largest celebration of emancipation in the United States?


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Jun 16, 2015

This is John Huddleston, the writer and creator of This Week in the Civil War. I want to thank the many professionals at Texas Public Radio for their kind support including Wayne Coble, Dan Skinner and especially my friend, Ruben Garcia for making me feel part of the Texas Public Radio family. and a big thank you from the bottom of my heart goes out to the many listeners of Texas Public Radio KTXI Kerrville-Fredericksburg-Ingram and KSTX San Antonio.

This Week in the Civil War - #TY1

Jun 15, 2015

This is John Huddleston. The writer, creator of This Week in the Civil War. Since March of 2011, its been my distinct pleasure to write vignettes on the American Civil War for Texas Public Radio. During that time, I’ve been blessed to work with professionals both at Schreiner University and at Texas Public Radio. I want especially to thank Dr. Timothy Summerlin, the President of Schreiner University, Dr. Charlie McCormick, Schreiner’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr.