California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Castoria Guard
Military Unit Designation: Castoria Guard, 3rd Brigade, California Militia
Date of Organization: 23 November 1864
Date of Disbanding: 21 July 1866
Inclusive dates of units papers at State Archives: 1865-1866
Geographical Location or Locations: Castoria (now French Camp), San Joaquin County
Unit papers on file at the California State Archives:

a. Organization Papers 1 document (1864)
b. Bonds none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 3 documents (1865)
d. Election Returns 1 document (1865)
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns 2 documents (1865-1866)
g. Oaths Qualifications 4 documents (1865)
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices 2 documents (1865-1866)
j. Requisitions 1 document (1865)
k. Resignations 1 document (1865)
l. Target Practice Reports none
m. Other none
Commanding Officers:
Oliver H. Perry, Captain: Elected 23 November 1864, commissioned 28 February 1865
C. A. Campbell, First Lieutenant: Elected 23 November 1864, commissioned 28 February 1865
Official History:
The required number of residents signed a petition and presented it to County Judge, H. B. Underhill, of San Joaquin County, requesting that he appoint some suitable person to preside over the meeting to form a volunteer military company to be known as the Castoria Guard. The meeting was held on November 23, 1864, under the supervision of F. J. Woodward a citizen of French Camp. The minutes were duly recorded and the Castoria Guard, under the command of Captain Oliver H. Perry, was mustered into the service of the State of California.

The Castoria Guard was a splendidly drilled unit participating in all the Brigade drills and considered to be quite an asset to the military strength of San Joaquin County, as they had in their possession forty muskets.

The membership of this company began decreasing during the first part of 1866, and unable to keep the membership of the unit up to the standard required by law, the Castoria Guard upon the recommendation of Adjutant-General George s. Evans, was on July 21, 1866, mustered out of service.
This history was compiled in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in conjunction with the California National Guard and the California State Library.
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