California and the Civil War

California and the Civil War

by Richard Hurley


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In the long and bitter prelude to war, southern transplants dominated California government, keeping the state aligned with Dixie. However, a murderous duel in 1859 killed "Free Soil" U.S. Senator David C. Broderick, and public opinion began to change. As war broke out back east, a golden-tongued preacher named Reverend Thomas Starr King crisscrossed the state endeavoring to save the Golden State for the Union. Seventeen thousand California volunteers thwarted secessionist schemes and waged brutal campaigns against native tribesmen resisting white encroachment as far away as Idaho and New Mexico. And a determined battalion of California cavalry journeyed to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to battle John Singleton Mosby, the South's deadliest partisan ranger. Author Richard Hurley delves into homefront activities during the nation's bloodiest war and chronicles the adventures of the brave men who fought far from home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625858245
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/24/2017
Series: Civil War Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 385,430
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Richard Hurley received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. He worked for three years in the history division of the Oakland Museum of California. He earned a master's degree in architecture from UC-Berkeley, then left the Bay Area for the Sierra foothills and a career in computer-based multimedia. Richard is co-author of the award-winning historical fiction Queen of the Northern Mines. He has authored multimedia shows and guest curated a museum exhibit on California and the Civil War.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Author's Note 9

1 The Remotest Place on Earth 13

2 American California 18

3 In the Southern Orbit 27

4 The National Crisis 33

5 Which Way California? 41

6 Speaking for the Union 49

7 Securing the Golden State 56

8 Turmoil in the Southwest 60

9 The California Column 65

10 The Department of New Mexico 74

11 Life in Wartime California 90

12 Confederate Partisans 97

13 With Connor in Utah 106

14 Californians Fight Back East 119

15 The Sanitary Commission 132

16 Aftermath 140

Notes 145

Annotated Bibliography 157

Index 169

About the Author 175

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