California Regiment

When Lincoln called for volunteers April 15, 1861, a meeting of former citizens of California and Oregon was held In New York, nearly 300 being present. “It was there resolved to raise and offer to the government a regiment to be composed as far as possible of persons at some time residents of California.” The regiment formed was not entirely a New York nor a Pennsylvania regiment (much of the recruiting was done in Pennsylvania); It was finally credited to Pennsylvania, however, and designated as the Seventy-first Pennsylvania Infantry, although It was called the “California Regiment” throughout the war.