Monthly Archives: April 2016

CA History ‘Round The Town: Butterfield Stage

Last year a friend and I were talking about California History, communication, and stage coaches. We got curious and started looking for the old stagecoach routes here in California, and then, being a little obsessed with history, we started figuring out … Continue reading

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1861: “Troubles & Thorns Innumerable”

Montgomery, Alabama, February 20, 1861 …I have been so crowded and pressed that the first wish to write to you has been thus long deferred. I was inaugurated on Monday, having reached here on Saturday night. The audience was large … Continue reading

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California History ‘Round The Town: General Kearny

I’m a little ashamed to say that the first thing I usually think of when I drive down General Kearney Street is “Yeah, he was the general who lost the Battle of San Pasqual.” While that is true, I’ve enjoyed … Continue reading

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1861: “States Are Sovereign”

January 21, 1861 – U.S. Senate Chamber …Secession belongs to a different class of remedies. It is to be justified upon the basis that the States are sovereign. There was a time when none denied it. I hope the time … Continue reading

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CA History ‘Round The Town: Jedidiah Smith

Recently, we’ve discussed two Spanish explorers who discovered routes into California. Today we’ll jump forward a few decades on the timeline to find an American who crossed into California from the east…and created a quandary for Mexican government ruling California … Continue reading

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1861: “At Half-Past Four…A Cannon” (Fort Sumter)

April 12, 1861 – Charleston, South Carolina, Confederacy Anderson will not capitulate… I do not pretend to go to sleep. How can I? If Anderson does not accept terms – at four – the orders are – he shall be … Continue reading

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