Devoted to the Union: Sacramento and the Civil War
Location: CSH Reading Room
Exhibition Dates: January 16, 2014 – July 31, 2014
Hours: Open during normal business hours
Despite being far removed from the scenes of desolation occurring in the east, Sacramentans took active roles during the Civil War. Home guards were quickly organized, patriotic torchlight parades were held, and gun salutes announced Union victories. Sacramento’s Union League campaigned for loyalty oaths while vigilantly watching for secessionist agitation and rebel flag flying. Orator Thomas Starr King regularly lectured in the city, upholding the union cause and appealing for charitable donations to the soldier aid societies. Devoted to the Union commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and Sacramento’s role in the conflict.
This exhibition is presented by the Center for Sacramento History; curated by Rebecca Crowther, Patricia Johnson, and Dylan McDonald.