Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate Attack on Fort Sumter that began the Civil War.

Yesterday our newscaster Joshua Johnson put up a post about the Bay Area and California’s role in the Civil War. Below is his full interview with St. Mary’s College History Professor Carl Guarneri, which includes a recounting of a pistol duel between a California U.S. Senator and the state’s Chief Justice, and support for the union in both gold shipments and volunteers.

Bay Area Civil War history part 1[audio:|titles=CivilWarPt1]

Bay Area Civil War history part 2


Interview: California and the Bay Area in the Civil War 12 April,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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