150 years since start of US Civil War
The bloody conflict revolutionized the machinery of military battle and ended legal slavery in this country.
One-time Humboldt County resident Ulysses S. Grant led the Union Army to victory in April 1865.
Grant was stationed at Fort Humboldt in 1853 but resigned from the army a few months later in 1854 — perhaps due in part to the sheer boredom he suffered here.
“I have not been a quarter of a mile from my room for about one week,” Grant wrote to his wife. “I am enjoying good health but growing more lazy evry day for want of something to do.”
He reentered the service after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, which started the Civil War on April 12, 1861.