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By Bonnie Martland
Special to Valley News 

Ships' tales speak of undiscovered gold

 

Last updated 5/5/2018 at 1:05am

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The photo shows Union Gen. George Wright's paddle steamer Brother Jonathan, which sank just north of Crescent City, California, on its way to Oregon.

The Civil War-era Camp Wright was established just over the San Diego County boundary at Oak Grove. The purpose of the post was to protect the overland route from Yuma into Southern California. At the time there was no guarantee the state, or at least the southern part of the state, would remain in the Union, and there was some fear of an invasion of Confederate forces from Arizona Territory. Feelings in Southern California tended strongly toward the Southern cause, and troops at Camp Wright were to prevent men hoping to aid the Confederacy from traveling back to Confederate territory.

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