Pacific Coast Theater of the American Civil War
The Pacific Coast Theater of the American Civil War was the military operations in the
United Statesbordering or close to the Pacific Ocean, including the states of California, Oregon, and Nevadaand the territories of Washington, Utah, and Idaho. [The Bear River Massacrewas formally in Washington Territory, which was partitioned into the Idaho Territory subsequent to the battle.] The heaviest fighting was usually between Union troop detachments from California and Confederate sympathizing Indians though, Union and Confederate forces did meet in the theater. Neither side had huge armies in the area, most of it was between small army departments.
The campaign classification established by the
United States National Park Service[U.S. National Park Service, [http://www.cr.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/bycampgn.htm#Pacific "Civil War Battle Studies by Campaign"] ] contains only one campaign and one battle in this theater. Other operations west of the Mississippi Riverare included in the Trans-Mississippi Theater.
First Oregon Cavalry
California in the American Civil War
* [http://www.dean.usma.edu/history/web03/atlases/american_civil_war/html/acw01.html "West Point Atlas" map of principal Civil War campaigns]
* [http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/misc/civilwar/civilwar.htm National Park Service Civil War at a Glance]
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