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William Jones papers, 1861-1864.
BANC MSS 2002/188 c box 1
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William Jones papers, 1861-1864


Jones, William, civil servant, creator, creator.


Correspondence, invoices, and inventory records of Lt. Colonel William Jones, commanding Company I of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, California Volunteers during the American Civil War. Includes invoices for clothing, camp and garrison equipage for the Company while stationed at Camp Alert (1861-1862), Camp Drum (1862), Camp Latham (1862), Camp Independence (1862), Fort Yuma (1862), and Camp Babbitt (1862-1863). The majority of the correspondence deals with Jones' attempts to clear his military record following his dishonorable discharge in 1864.


1861 (issued)


civil servant -- Jones, William -- 1817-1877 -- Archives
United States. -- Army. -- California Cavalry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865). -- Company I.
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Gold mines and mining -- California -- Placerville
Military discharge -- California
Gold mines and mining
Military discharge
Camp Alert (San Francisco, Calif.)
Drum Barracks (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Camp Latham (Culver City, Calif.)
Camp Babbitt (Visalia, Calif.)
Camp Independence (Owens Valley, Calif.)
Fort Yuma (Calif.)
California -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
California -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories
California -- Placerville
United States


William Jones papers, BANC MSS 2002/188 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from Charles Apfelbaum; 2001.
In English.
William Jones was born in New York in 1817. He emigrated to California in 1850 and was commissioned as a Captain in command of Company I, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, California Volunteers on November 4, 1861. During the Civil War he was stationed at Camp Alert (San Francisco), Camp Drum (Los Angeles), Camp Latham (Culver City), Camp Independence (Owens River Valley), and at Camp Babbitt (Visalia). Jones was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on February 2, 1863 and to Colonel on October 23, 1863, but he was accused of improperly trading away government horses and his commission was revoked January 2, 1864. He was dishonorably discharged by the Military Board on August 5, 1864. Subsequently he returned to Placerville, California to try his hand at mining before turning to politics. He served a term as Mayor of Placerville and was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1867. In 1873 and 1875 he was candidate for State Senator and Assemblyman, respectively. At the time of his sudden death on September 6, 1877, Jones was the Republican nominee for Assemblyman from El Dorado County.
Company I, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, California Volunteers was organized at Camp Alert (San Francisco). It was sent first to Camp Drum (Los Angeles), where it was stationed during January 1862, and at Camp Latham (present day Culver City) in February 1862. From June to October 1862, the Company took part in the Owens River Expedition from Camp Independence, returning to Camp Drum in October 1862 before moving to Camp Babbitt, near Visalia, where it remained until January 1864. It then marched to Benicia Barracks, where it was stationed from March to May. It moved in June 1864, to Camp Bidwell, near Chico, California, where it remained. The terms of most of the original members expired in September 1864 and they were discharged in San Francisco from October 1 to October 7, 1864.



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BANC MSS 2002/188 c box 1