Company A, Sutter County, was organized
as a cavalry unit, May 18, 1861, with a membership of sixty recruits.
The corps was commanded by Captain William A. Sutter and First
Lieutenant B. L. Bingham, who had been elected at the organization
meeting. A requisition for arms and accoutrements was sent to
Governor John G. Downey but due to the Nation's participation
in the War of the Rebellion at that time there was a shortage
of arms, and the newly organized corps was unable to receive their
quota. This delay, despite the fact t hat forty
of the members were already uniformed, had a demoralizing affect on the new company, which was brought out in Captain Sutter's letter to Adjutant-General Kibbe, August twelfth.
In this letter he informed the General of the declining interest of the members in their organization by refusing to attend drills and company meetings, and with but a few honorable exceptions, the unit had a strong aversion of being called into active service either for duty on the plains or home protection. The small number that remained loyal was not sufficient to warrant the upkeep of the company.
Therefore, after three months Company A, was considered formally disbanded having never received either commissions or arms, although the commissions had been issued; but disbandment occurred before the officers received them.