Before the start of the Civil War, and after North Carolina left the Union, confederate sympathizers sought to have California join the Confederacy. California ended up siding with the Union despite attempts to change the allegiance of the state. Abraham Lincoln’s friend, Oregon Senator Edward Dickerson Baker, trained the California Brigade in Pennslyvania. While Civil War battles did not occur in the state of California, a regiment of California Union soldiers were sent to Pickett’s Charge to prevent Confederates from taking over Arizona and Southern California.
Fifty years after the battle at Pickett’s Charge, California Union veterans returned to the site of the battle for a reunion.