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 - #890

Aug 6, 2014

  On Friday, August 5, 1864 Admiral David Farragut led eighteen Union ships into Mobile Bay, engaging the Confederate forts at the mouth of the bay and the defending Confederate warships.  The USS Tecumseh, heading for the CSS Tennessee, struck a submerged torpedo and quickly sank.  Farragut in the rigging of the USS Hartford, his flag ship, reputedly shouted, “Damn the  torpedoes, full speed ahead.”  After being rammed three separate times by Union ships, the CSS Tennessee surrendered after losing power, and after suffering a broken leg aboard the Tennessee Confederate Admiral Franklin Buc

This Week in the Civil War - #889

Aug 5, 2014

  Recrossing the Potomac River after burning Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Jubal Early’s Confederate cavalry skirmished with their Union pursuers at Old Town, Maryland and Green Spring Run, West Virginia on Tuesday, August 2, 1864.  One element of Early’s command on August 4 skirmished with Union forces at Antietam Ford, Maryland, while on that same day his cavalry skirmished with their pursuers at New Creek, West Virginia.  Clearly, the existence of Confederate forces operating in multiple areas of the Shenandoah Valley was unacceptable to the Union War Department.  Soon, a new Union command

This Week in the Civil War - #888

Aug 4, 2014

  By August 1864 Mobile, Alabama and Wilmington, North Carolina were the two most important ports in the entire Confederacy still open to commerce willing to run the Federal blockade.  The Union Navy determined that Mobile, Alabama would be easier to attack, despite two, strategically placed forts which guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay and the presence of Confederate naval armament, including the powerful ironclad CSS Tennessee.  On Wednesday, August 3, 1864 Federal forces landed on Dauphin Island and surrounded Fort Gaines on the west side of Mobile Bay.  Fort Gaines, though sieged, cont

This Week in the Civil War - #887

Aug 1, 2014

  The massive destruction of Union forces at the crater at Petersburg closed out the eventful month of July 1864.  It had been a month that had seen Jubal Early’s Confederate cavalry literally at the gates of Washington, unable to take the city but placing Abraham Lincoln in a combat situation.  Federal cavalry had pursued Early as he retreated through the Shenandoah Valley, but at the end of the month Early turned the tables on his pursuers by sending his cavalry once again over the Potomac to burn Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  Before Atlanta John Bell Hood, the controversial corps commande

This Week in the Civil War - #886

Jul 31, 2014

  At Petersburg, on July 30, 1864 Federal forces blasted approximately two  hundred yards of Confederate fortifications with men, horses, and cannon hurled 100 feet into the air, leaving a hole 170 feet long, nearly 80 feet wide, and 30 feet deep in the Confederate line.  Advancing Union forces stopped abruptly at the crater’s edge, only to be pushed into the massive hole by advancing troops behind them.  Confederate forces soon closed the gap in their lines and began firing downward at hundreds of Union troops milling helplessly in the crater.  By early afternoon the attack ended, but Fede