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Civil War Drum Barracks
April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Most people don’t realize that California played a vital in the American Civil War (1861-1865), but as we will learn on April 7 the Golden State was a potential political pawn. Although admitted to the Union as a free state in 1850, the large number of Confederates who had moved out West meant that California had a significant number of Southern sympathizers. As the South captured the southern half of Arizona, the threat of a takeover from the outside and from within Los Angeles became a serious possibility. After Southern troops reached the Rio Grande in 1862, the threat of a hostile takeover ended. Still, it was decided that a strong military presence was needed in Los Angeles. The site of that military camp is located in what is now Wilmington.
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