Courthouse Docket: California & the Civil War | Redwood City
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San Mateo County History Museum | 2200 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
On Saturday, May, 19, 2018, at 1p.m. the San Mateo County History Museum will present author Richard Hurley who will give a multimedia show on “California and the Civil War.” Through fine art, maps and photos, the program will trace the political and military history of the Golden State during this pivotal time in American History and reveal how close California came to siding with the South in 1861.
Featured will be stories of conflicted soldiers like the San Francisco Presidio’s General Albert Sidney Johnston, a southern sympathizer who refused to betray his officer’s oath and helped spare California from partisan war. Still, he did join the Confederacy and fought as an important leader. Another highlighted San Franciscan will be orator Reverend Thomas Starr King, whom Abraham Lincoln dubbed “the man who saved California for the Union.” The show will also depict the exploits of daring Rebels attempting to further the cause of the Confederacy in California by land and by sea.
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