Guide to the California Militia Papers, [ca. 1850-1870]

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Guide to the California Militia Papers, [ca. 1850-1870]

Collection number: BANC MSS C-A 120

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University of California, Berkeley

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: California Militia Papers,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1850-1870]
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-A 120
Creator: Unknown
Extent: Number of containers: 1 volume and 4 portfolios
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Miscellaneous correspondence and documents pertaining to various units of the State and National Guard. Mainly concerning service in the 1850's and 1860's.

Includes Muster Roll, Company D, 5th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 1863-1865; containing a list of Captain W.A. Duchin's company recruited at Watsonville, with schedule of arms, certified by Lieutenant Richard Leland, March 25, 1865.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], California Militia Papers, BANC MSS C-A 120, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Collections

Title: Outline History of the National Guard,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-A 174 FILM

Scope and Content

This collection of records and papers, pertaining to various units and personnel of the California State and National Guard, has been assembled from a number of sources. The material has been grouped largely by provenance but items may later be added to the various groups or new groups added as required.


Part I - Material relating to General J. A. Sutter's command.

Scope and Content Note

This consists of a notebook kept by Wake Bryarly and Richard H. Sinton, 1852-1855, with lists of staff and copies of orders issued, and a group of letters received by Sinton, 1855-1857, from Sutter, Hall McAllister and A. Andrews (Aid-de-camp). (Possibly from the Cowan Collection.)

Part II - Miscellany:


(1) Muster roll and schedule of arms for Company D, 5th Regiment, 2d Brigade, 1st Division, California Infantry (Captain W. A. Duchin's company recruited at Watsonville) certified, Mar. 25, 1865, by Lieutenant Richard Leland (Source unknown).


(2) Discharge certificates (1850-1851) from 1st Battalion, 2d Brigade, 1st Division, California Volunteers, signed by William Rogers, Major Commanding. (T. W. Norris Collection.)


(3) Muster roll, Company K, 8th Regiment, California Infantry, signed, Fort Point, San Francisco, Feb. 28, 1865, by John R. Crocker, Captain Commanding, and Joseph Stewart, Captain, U.S. 3d Artillery, and mustering officer. (T. W. Norris Collection.)


Part III - Scammell Collection: Photocopies of records (18 - mainly from California Adjutant General's Office and Secretary of State's Office), 1856-1866, relating to Civil War service of California Volunteers in the Southwest and of the "California Hundred" serving with the 2d Massachusetts Cavalry.

Scope and Content Note

Included is copy of a letter from General James H. Carleton to Senator John Conness, 1864, concerning arrest of Sylvester Mowry and Carleton's defense of his action. With the photocopy are miscellaneous notes by Scammell and a letter he received giving information concerning Edwin A. Rigg. (Gifts of Colonel Scammell, 1949-1951.)

Part IV - Returns and accounts (26 items) Sept.-Dec., 1865, for units of 2d Regiment, California Cavalry, stationed at Fort Bidwell, Calif.

Additional Note

These are Quartermaster's records signed mainly by 2d Lieutenant H. G. Wilder; a few signed by Captain Aug. W. Starr, commanding. There is also a list of stores transferred to Fort Crook. (Purchased from J. Swingle, Aug. 1961.)