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 - #1063

Apr 6, 2015

  On Monday, April 3, 1865 Union troops entered Richmond and attempted to restore order in the former Confederate capital.  At 8:15 a.m.

This Week in the Civil War - #1062

Apr 3, 2015

  After four years and numerous threats against it, the Confederate government finally had to abandon its capital at Richmond, Virginia on April 2, 1865.  With the South Side Railroad from Petersburg in enemy hands, all understood that Petersburg’s collapse meant that Union forces within hours would occupy the Confederate capital.  A grateful Abraham Lincoln went to the Petersburg front and from a safe distance watched as Federal forces overwhelmed Petersburg’s defenders.  At 8:30 p.m.

This Week in the Civil War - #1061

Apr 2, 2015

  In the early hours of Sunday, April 2, 1865 Union troops advanced against the entire Petersburg front. Confederate resistance crumpled in front of the much larger Union forces.  While rallying his men, Confederate General A.P. Hill was killed, and by noon only two fortifications along the western end of the Petersburg line had not capitulated to the Federals.  It was obvious that Lee had to immediately abandon his defenses; a general retreat was ordered in the afternoon.  In Richmond a messenger from Lee entered St.

This Week in the Civil War - #1060

Apr 1, 2015

  At Five Forks on Saturday, April 1, 1865, if Pickett’s defenders could not stop the Union attackers, Lee’s retreat to the west would be threatened.  Late in the afternoon the Union attacked, but when Warren’s Union Fifth Corps of infantry was delayed, Sheridan promptly removed Warren from command.  The ensuing battle split the remnant of Pickett’s command from the main Confederate army, crumpling Lee’s right flank and almost encircling Petersburg south of the Appomattox River.  At Five Forks the Confederates suffered a horrific 4500 captured out of a force of barely over 10,000; with Sher

This Week in the Civil War - #1059

Mar 31, 2015

  By Thursday, March 30, 1865 massive rains slowed the Federal advance against the Confederate right flank at Petersburg.  Extensive skirmishing occurred, with Fitzhugh Lee’s and Pickett’s troops repulsing Sheridan’s Union cavalry near Five Forks.  However, any significant movement of Confederate troops within the Petersburg area placed stress on the Confederate defensive line, and a reconnaissance near Petersburg convinced Grant and the Union high command that it was practicable for the Federals to attempt an assault.  On the following day Sheridan attacked but was repulsed at Dinwiddle Co