Although there weren't major battles in California, the state did play a role in the American Civil War, supplying gold and volunteer soldiers to the Union side. But early on Californians were very divided in their loyalties and the state almost sided with the South in 1861.
The story of the struggle between northern and southern sympathizers is told in a new exhibit opening today at the Folsom History Museum. Displays include images of soldiers and politicians, plus period weapons and clothing.
California and the Civil War was designed by Richard Hurley and TJ Meekins, co-authors of Queen of the Nevada Mines, a historical novel set in Nevada City during the conflict. The two writers were interviewed about their research in a recent segment of the KXJZ radio program Insight.
What: California and the Civil War
Where: Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom
When: March 30 thru May 13, Tuesday thru Sunday, 11 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $4 for adults, $2 for youth, children under 12 free.
For more info: 916-985-2707 or web site.
PHOTO CREDIT: Nevada City ACWA (American Civil War Association) Civil War Re-enactment at Pioneer Park in Nevada City 1pm. Photograph by Penny Meyer