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By Bonnie Martland
Special to Valley News 

Showalter incident revisited


Last updated 4/26/2019 at 3:29am

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Dan Showalter, a member of the California legislature in 1861, fought for the Confederacy.

In doing research on California in the Civil War, I came across an interesting article published by the California Historical Society, probably in the 1920s, shedding some interesting new information on Temecula's most well-known Civil War story, the Dan Showalter incident.

Showalter, a Pennsylvanian by birth and a member of the California legislature in 1861, had ironically become an ardent secessionist. Bitter over the debates on a resolution that would place California on the side of the Union, Showalter shot and killed a fellow legislator in a duel. California's 1861 victory for unioni...

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