THE CIVIL WAR IN CALIFORNIA
"I have long desired to see California; the production of her gold mines has been a marvel to me, and her stand for the Union, her generous offerings to the Sanitary (Commission), and her loyal representatives have endeared your people to me; and nothing would give me more pleasure than a visit to the Pacific shore, and to say in person to your citizens, ‘God bless you for your devotion to the Union,’ but the unknown is before us. I may say, however, that I have it now in purpose when the railroad is finished, to visit your wonderful state."
~Abraham Lincoln, speaking to his friend Charles Maltby, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for California, on March 25, 1865.
CALIFORNIA IN THE CIVIL WAR?
You may not think of
The financial prowess of the state's rich gold mines and pro-Union business elite would ensure the success of the Northern war effort by keeping it well-funded. Without this steady supply of gold, the outcome of the war might have been very different. Addditionally, California led the nation in contributions to the United States Sanitary Commission, which was the primary organization responsible for the medical treatment of the many military casualties suffered on the Union side.
Like other Northern states,
California in Time: the Fight over Slavery Through the Civil War
This timeline lists and explains important events related to slavery and the Civil War, and their causes and consequences, in the context of
To aid those who wish to study specific topics, many of the events are categorized under six thematic headings: the Fight over Slavery, Connecting the West, Secession Crisis, Competing Cultures, Indian Wars, and Civil War. The introduction provides an overview of how slavery and the Civil War affected
Introduction (PDF, 209 KB)
Timeline (PDF, 3.3 MB)
References (PDF, 37 KB)