We are pleased to announce that on July 24th, History Press released California and the Civil War, the story of the Golden State's experience of the great national crisis.
Many people – Californians included – believe the state played little part in the conflict and that life flowed on as usual on the Pacific Coast. In reality, California’s Union Volunteers took over the role of the entire pre-war army in the West – while its gold saved the nation from disaster.
From California's pre-war dalliance with the Deep South, to the efforts of Confederate partisans to pull the Pacific Coast into the conflict, California and the Civil War sheds light on one of the least known eras in the tumultuous history of the Golden State.
As the South breaks away, Californians must make a fateful choice…
Will the Golden State stay with the Union? Will she declare herself a sovereign nation? Or will she split in two, half slave and half free?
At Missouri House, a stagecoach stop in the gold fields of the Sierra Nevada, Ida Hatfield and her mother, Molly, are surrounded by danger as Yankees, Rebels, and outlaws vie to possess the glittering treasure of the Northern Mines. In nearby Nevada City, Will Stafford, a young Virginian attorney, finds California becoming as dear to his heart as his Southern homeland. When the War of Rebellion rages on, his loves and loyalties are put to the ultimate test.