California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Butte County Dragoons
Organizational Data
Military Unit Designation: Butte County Dragoons, California Militia
Date of Organization: 6 Septeber 1861
Date of Disbanding: 1861
Inclusive dates of units papers at State Archives: 1861
Geographical Location or Locations: Oroville, Butte County
Commanding Officers:
C. E. Campbell, Captain, Date of Rank: 6 September 1861
H. R. Myers, First Lieutenant, Date of rank: 6 September 1861
Unit papers on file at the California State Archives:

a. Organization Papers 3 documents (1861)
b. Bonds none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 1 document (1861)
d. Election Returns none
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns none
g. Oaths Qualifications none
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices none
j. Requisitions none
k. Resignations none
l. Target Practice Reports none
m. Other none

Official History

The Butte County Dragoons, .Oroville , California, were organized September 6, 1861. An election was held on the same date and C. E. Campbell was .elected Captain and H. R. Myers, First Lieutenant. The object of the young men in organizing the corps was for exercise and entertainment . This was not an uncommon occurrence, for in the early sixties a great deal of stress was given social functions and the Guard's presence was always in demand for these occasions as the companies vied with one another in putting on colorful parades and balls.*

In answer to the Governor's Proclamation, August 23, 1861, calling for five thousand volunteers, the Butte County Dragoons tendered their services and placed their company at the command of the Governor. The Governor accepted their services and ordered the corps to report to General Sumner.

However , despite the note on the Muster Roll, there [are] no records that the company went into the Service of the United States and that it is assumed the corps was mustered out soon after organization.**
*San Francisco Daily Herald, February 8, 1861, page 3, column 2.
**Synonyms of Volunteer Organizations of the United States 1861-1865, Adjutant General's Office.
This history was prepared in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in conjunction with the California National Guard and the California State Library.
Muster Roll

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