California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Company H
(Company G, 1st Regiment of Infantry, California Volunteers)

Official Name: Company H, 2nd Brigade, 4th Division
Location: Nevada City, Nevada County
Mustered in: June 28, 1861
Mustered out: Unknown
Unit papers on file at the California State Archives:
a. Organization Papers 2 documents (1861)
b. Bonds none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) none
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
Commanding Officers

 Name  Date of Rank  Date of Commission  Remarks
H. A. Green, Captain
June 28, 1861
 July 6, 1861
Commissioned Captain of Company G, First Infantry Regiment, California Volunteers. Mustered out August 31, 1864, at Los Pinos, NM.
W. G. Wright, First Lieutenant  June 28, 1861  July 6, 1861

Official History

In pursuance of a communication from the Secretary of War under the date of July 24, 1861, Governor John G. Downey issued the first call, for enlistment of volunteers in the Civil War to guard the Overland Mail Route from Carson Valley to Salt Lake and Fort Laramie. This Proclamation of the Governor's was formally issued on August 12th of the same year. The original plan of using the volunteers for guarding the Overland Mail Route was changed, and troops were used for protection against an invasion of the State of Texas by the Confederate Troops. Anticipating the call for volunteers, zealous patriots of Nevada County, immediately promoted a movement for the organizing of a company of volunteers from their district.
David Belden, County Judge of Nevada County, gave permission to H. B. Thompson to open a roll book for the enrolling of volunteers into an Infantry company for the First Regiment of California Volunteers on June 18, 1861. Notices were duly posted calling a meeting Friday, June 28th, at 2 o'clock P. M. to be held in the Metropolitan Theater, Nevada City. At this meeting H. A. Green was elected Captain, W. J. Wright, First Lieutenant, W. B. Smith, Second Lieutenant, and Merrill savage as brevet Second Lieutenant of the newly organized volunteer company, which was designated as Company H of the Fourth Division, Second Brigade. In reorganizing into the First Infantry of California as Company G, the officers were elected as follows: Henry Green, Captain; Merrill Savage, First Lieutenant, and Whitman B. Smith, Second Lieutenant.
For further history of this company refer to Company G, First Infantry Regiment, California Volunteers.
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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