The Civil War was a pivotal event in the history of the United States; unfortunately, few people realize that California played an important role in the conflict. Although the major engagements took place in the East, troops from the Drum Barracks kept California in the Union, protected much of the Southwest and secured the Arizona Territory for the Union.
The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is housed in the last remaining wooden building of the Drum Barracks, named after Adjutant General Richard Coulter Drum, head of the Department of the Pacific. This facility served as the Union Army headquarters for Southern California and the Arizona Territory from 1861-1871.
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