The Civil War Comes to San Joaquin County

Close your eyes for a moment and think "Civil War." What do you see? A bearded men in a stovepipe hat? Fuzzy black-and-white daguerreotypes? Corpses on a battlefield? For many of us, the Civil War is only a vague and distant thought. For others, however, the people, issues, and conflicts are still very much alive. How . . . → Read More: The Civil War Comes to San Joaquin County

Meet Abraham Lincoln

Who's your favorite president? Mine is Abraham Lincoln. I have lots of reasons for admiring Lincoln, but two of the most important are his success at preserving the Union and the measures he took that led to the abolition of slavery.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-65).

Talking with Lincoln would be quite an experience. History depicts him as . . . → Read More: Meet Abraham Lincoln

County Democrats Edge Out Republicans

In 1860, San Joaquin County voters went to the polls on November 6 to select a president, just as they did in 2012. But unlike yesterday, 152 years ago voters in the County had four major options, thanks to simmering sectional passions over slavery.

San Joaquin County‚Äôs favorite presidential candidate in the election of 1860, . . . → Read More: County Democrats Edge Out Republicans

Charles M. Weber Desecrates a Flag

Where have the past four years gone? I don't know about you, but it seems to me that the last presidential campaign never ended. So here we sit, two and one-half months from the next election, as the presidential candidates swing at each other and the war of words escalates. Could political emotions get much hotter?

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The Civil War in San Joaquin County

What comes to your mind when you think about the Civil War? Abraham Lincoln? Ulysses S. Grant? How about row after row of Union and Confederate soldiers facing off with single-shot rifles? And where do you see the battles happening? Can you think of any west of the Mississippi?

Members of the Hartford Post G.A.R., . . . → Read More: The Civil War in San Joaquin County