California and the Civil War

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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.
ISBN: 9781625858245
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: Civil War
Images: 89
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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. For a look at some of the themes covered by the book (and to hear interviews with the author), please visit his home page at
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