“This impressive contribution to California and Civil War history interweaves in compelling prose the complex and conflicted story of the Golden State’s emergence as a fully pledged loyal state in the midst of a terrible war. Matthews’s insightful and colorful volume highlights the many surprising ways that California contributed to the success of the Union cause, despite a divided citizenry whose actions at times reflected a boldly pro-Confederate position.”

                                              ~ Joan Waugh, University of California, Los Angeles

Cambridge University Press, 2012

ISBN: 9781107639218


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William McKendree Gwin



Handbill promoting a Union Festival in San Francisco

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