1913, veterans of the California Regiment returned to the angle where
fought off the approaching Confederates of Pickett's Charge. (Library of Congress)
IN WEST PHILADELPHIA BORN AND RAISED
BY DANIEL LANDSMAN
When the Civil War broke out, residents of the west coast wanted to have a presence in the eastern theater. However, with nearly 3,000 miles separating the state of California and the Army of the Potomac and no railroad connecting the west coast to the east, sending a brigade of infantrymen across the wild country would be an ambitious goal. Instead, a group of Californians asked Oregon Senator Edward Baker to head east and raise a brigade in the name of California.
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