The Contra Costa Times interviews Saint Mary's history professor Carl Guarneri about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and "Lee and Grant," the Hearst Art Gallery's current exhibition which looks at the lives of Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. Guarneri is quoted extensively about the war between the states and provides insight into the importance of California in the struggle to save the Union. "California played an important role as a ground of struggle between the North and South for the state's allegiance, and once the state went for the Union it contributed disproportionately large amounts of troops and money to the cause," said Guaurneri.

For more, read the Contra Costa Times story "Lee and Grant: Exhibit at Saint Mary's takes fresh look at leaders of North, South."

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