Current Exhibitions


“The March of the California Column: 900 Miles to Battle”

California Marches Into The Civil War

Few people know that California was involved in the Civil War, but Union soldiers from California fought a battle in Arizona Territory, and tensions between North and South affected Phineas Banning and his fellow Southern Californians in a number of ways. As the Northern and Southern states clashed over the issue of slavery, Southern California found itself on the brink of secession with a large population of Confederate sympathizers.

This exhibit places Phineas Banning and the California Column in the context of events both national and local, and displays authentic Civil War artifacts found on Colonel Carleton’s list of supplies soldiers needed as they marched east for battle and service to the Union.

Exhibit ends January 26, 2017