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“The rule about bears is their unpredictability.”

“Friends in peace and war” : the Russian Navy’s landmark visit to Civil War San Francisco    Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c 2007 C. Douglas Kroll San Francisco (Calif.) History, Naval 19th century Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xvi, 188 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-182) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

The amount of gold that streamed through San Francisco and into the Union’s coffers during the US Civil War prompted fears among many San Franciscans that the Confederacy would target the city. These fears were allayed when the Pacific Squadron of Imperial Russia, the only European power that stood solidly behind the Union during the conflict, sailed into San Francisco harbor in the fall of 1863, there to stay for almost a year. In addition to recounting these events, Kroll  provides contextual background in the form of a historical discussion of US-Russian relations and the reasons behind the decision to send the Russian navy to the American West Coast and considers the impact of the Russian navy’s actions on the course of the war.

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