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Inventory of the Military Department. Adjutant General. Indian War Papers
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    Title: Military Department. Adjutant General. Indian War Papers
    Inventory: F3753
    Creator: California. Adjutant General's Office
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    [Identification of item], Military Department. Adjutant General. Indian War Papers, F3753, California State Archives.


    The Indian War Papers, 1850-80 (F3753), oniginated in the Adjutant General's Office. Encompassing 2-1/2 cubic feet, the records deal with attempts to suppress the Indians in California. Local militia groups were usually formed to eliminate the Indian Menace and pacify the frontier in specific areas of the state. This record group includes militia muster rolls, field reports, claims, correspondence and two volumes of Expenditures for Military Expeditions Against Indians During the Years 1851-59.
    The first volume, 1850-52, arranged chronologically by date of expedition, contains an alphabetical index of members including warrant number; warrant member's date; name; whether a horse was furnished; military rank; number of horses purchased and amount paid; amount of supplies; amount of service; total amount; to whom delivered; by whom received; receipt number; and remarks. Lists of warrants returned to Controller's Office and recapitulation for each expedition are also included.
    The second volume, 1854-59, includes company payrolls and duty rosters in no particular order.


    1850 Los Angeles & San Diego Expeditions (F3753:1-8)
      El Dorado Expedition (F3753:9-45)
    1851 Major Rogers & Mariposa Battalion (F3753:46-116)
      Bean's Gila River & Utah Expeditions (F3753:117-178)
      San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Expeditions (F3753:179-186)
      Miscellaneous (F3753:187-194)
    1852 First Humboldt, Klamath, & Trinity Expeditions (F3753:195-220)
      Governor's Correspondence with Assembly (F3753:221-224)
      Attack on Indians (F3753:225)
    1853 Governor's Correspondence with U.S. Army (F3753:226-227)
    1854 Klamath & Shasta County Petitions (F3753:228-233)
    1856 California State Militia (F3753:234-243)
      Tulare Expedition - General Beale Treaty (F3753:244-266)
      Humboldt & Klamath Expeditions (F3753:267-299)
    1857 First Carson Valley Expedition (F3753:960-969)
    1858 State Survey - U.S. Army Query (F3753:300)
      Mormon Rebellion Correspondence (F3753:301-318)
      U.S. Army Land Acquisition (F3753:319-321)
      Court Martial of Captain Johns (F3753:322-331)
      Humboldt, Trinity, Klamath Indian Troubles (F3753:332-341)
    1859 Tehama County - Deer & Antelope Creeks (F3753:342-353)
    1859-60 Long & Round Valleys - Mendocino County (F3753:354-408)
      Long & Round Valleys - Mendocino County con't (F3753:409-447)
      Long & Round Valleys - Mendocino County con't (F3753:448-488)
    1860 California State Militia Correspondence (F3753:489-523)
      Ordinance (F3753:524-529)
      Mojave Indians (F3753:530)
      Paiute Indians (F3753:531)
      Downieville Expedition (F3753:536-541)
      Humboldt County Indian Troubles (F3753:542-574)
      Second Carson Valley Expedition (Paiute War) (F3753:970-1028)
    1861 Petitions from Long Valley (F3753:532-535)
      Humboldt & Mendocino Expeditions (F3753:575-599)
    1862 Owens River Expedition (F3753:600-606)
      Deer Creek, H. A. Good (F3753:607-610)
      Indian Troubles in No. California Counties (F3753:611-626)
    1862-65 Lassen County (F3753:1029-1031)
      Butte, Plumas, Shasta, & Trinity Counties (F3753:1032-1035)
    1863 Humboldt County War (F3753:627-644)
    1864 Catalina Island - Indian Reservation (F3753:645-649)
      So. California Indians Hungry (F3753:650-651)
      Indian Regiment (F3753:652-653)
    1866 Black Militia Company (F3753:772)
    1868-70 Humboldt County Indian Troubles (F3753:654-660)
    1868-80 Claims & Inquiries for California Indian War Monies (F3753:708-736)
    1870 Soldier-Civilian Trouble (F3753:661)
    1872 Indians Cheated (F3753:662)
    1873 Petition of El Dorado County Citizens on Washoe Indian raids (F3753:663)
      Volunteers for Indian Uprising (F3753:664)
      Calaveras County Indians Hungry (F3753:665)
      Murder of Indians reported by U.S. Army (F3753:666-668)
      Modoc War (F3753:669-683)
    1874 Colusa complaint against Indians (F3753:684)
    1877 Indian troops (F3753:685)
      Breech-Loading Carbines for Militia (F3753:686-687)
      Bishop's Creek petition (F3753:688-691)
    1878 Modoc County - Paiute raids (F3753:692-695)
    1879 Modoc County asks for Arms (F3753:696)
    1879-80 Chemahueva Troubles (F3753:697-707)
    1855-65 Miscellaneous (F3753:737-768)
      Miscellaneous (F3753:769-771)
    1854-57 Indian War Claims (F3753:773-788)
    1860 Indian War Claims (F3753:789-811)
    1861 Indian War Claims (F3753:812-847)
    1862 Indian War Claims (F3753:848-918)
    1863 Indian War Claims (F3753:919-937)
    1864 Indian War Claims (F3753:938-941)
    1866 Indian War Claims (F3753:942)
      Indian War Claims (F3753:943-952)
      Indian War Bonds (samples) (F3753:953-958)
      Indian War Bonds (litigation) (F3753:959)