Tag Archives: California

Did the Grand Army of the Republic Kill the Easter Bunny?

Disturbing things can be found in archives. Like this photograph on Library of Congress’s online photo collection of “Rabbit Drive, No. 4” during the Grand Army of the Republic encampment at Fresno, California. Well, here’s the history…

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Unexpected Challenges of California Officers Going East by Sea in 1861

ECW welcomes back guest author Neil Chatelain In mid-1861, the United States hurriedly recruited volunteer regiments to meet the threat of Civil War. Hundreds of thousands answered the call, but needed an experienced cadre of officers to take charge. Many … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Owen Brown’s Gravestone Restored In California

Yes, it’s THAT Owen Brown! The son of John Brown. Did you know that he died in 1889 and is buried in Altadena, California?

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The “Immortal” General Sherman

Several weeks ago, my wife and I made our escape from pandemic prison, driving four and a half hours to Sequoia National Park in the southern Sierra Nevada. Sequoia offers visitors rugged natural beauty and quiet contemplation; a proper place … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Los Angeles, California

On April 24, 1861, a Pony Express Rider carried the news into San Francisco, California: Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina had been fired upon. The account was not unexpected and released a flurry of activity along the coast … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: When Frederick Douglas Stood Up to Anti-Asian Violence and Exclusion

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog Americans’ fear of non-white, non-Christian immigrants began in 1848 with the arrival of the first ship full of Chinese in San Francisco Bay. The Chinese came to wash the clothes … Continue reading

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Albert Sidney Johnston at Fort Point: Where Narratives Collide

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Katy Berman… Fort Point, a National Historic Site at the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, was built to deter a naval invasion of California. It was completed on the eve of the … Continue reading

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Jacob Zeilin, USMC

The American Battlefield Trust Conference this year was to have featured a tour of mine about the Marine Battalion at the First Battle of Manassas. It has been postponed until 2021. In the meantime, I wanted to share some of … Continue reading

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Historical Pianos in Civil War California

Last Saturday I had the privilege to continue my yearly tradition of performing Christmas carols with friends in the officers’ parlor of the Drum Barracks out here in Southern California. It’s an absolutely wonderful way to really launch into the … Continue reading

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“The Last Notable American Duel”: California and its influence on the Civil War

Part of a series about California & The Civil War Lately, there has been a rumble here in California that cannot be attributed to another earthquake. As Civil War historians widen their scope, it must be observed that the real … Continue reading

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