Mar. 28, 2018

"The Union Forever:
The San Francisco Bay Area
and the Civil War"

John P. Langellier, Ph.D.

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March 28, 2018 Meeting

"The Union Forever: The San Francisco Bay Area and the Civil War"

John P. Langellier, Ph.D.

As the year 1861 unfolded the United States experienced its gravest crisis.   Factions prepared to resolve their longstanding differences by force, the populations not only of the North and South but also of the West began to take sides. If the country faced its darkest hour in 1861, the coming rebellion not only cast its shadow over the East and South, but also West, particularly in strategically important California.  War clouds especially hovered above San Francisco.  Amidst rumors of secessionist plots to create an independent “Republic of the Pacific,” local Unionist leaders prepared the Bay Area for a Confederate attack.

The next four years would witness a flurry of activity. The history of the Civil War and the Golden Gate is lesser known than the many battles fought east of the Mississippi, yet it is a saga worth telling, and will be the subject of John P. Langellier, Ph.D.’s March 2017 presentation to the St. Louis Civil War Round Table.

John Phillip Langellier received both a BA and an MA in history and historical archeology with an emphasis on the Spanish Borderlands and American West from the University of San Diego He subsequently obtained his PhD from and Kansas State University in military history, with the completion of his dissertation “Bastion by the Bay: San Francisco's Military Heritage from Presidio to Park.”

His work experience included a dozen years with the United States Army with assignments to the Presidio of San Francisco, U.S. Army Hawaii, U.S. Army Europe, and the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth. Further, he has served as director of Wyoming State Museums, on the core staff that founded the Autry Western Heritage Center, as deputy director of the Reagan Presidential Library, as well as more recently as executive director of Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, and finally as the director of the Arizona Historical Society’s Central division in Tempe until his retirement in 2015 to pursue consulting, public appearances, and full time writing.

Dr. Langellier has published scores of articles and dozens of book with such diverse titles as El Presidio de San Francisco Under Spain and Mexico, Custer: The Man, The Myth, The Movies, and his latest work Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army. He also has served as a consultant and occasionally as a producer for films and television beginning with Apocalypse Now. He is most proud of three documentaries about blacks in the U.S. Army the most recent of which was For Love of Liberty, hosted by Halle Barry, for PBS.

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2801 Telegraph Road
Mehlville (St Louis), MO 63125

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Doors open at 5:30

Meal served at 6:30

Presentation at 7:30
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