Historic California Militia and National Guard Units
El Dorado Mountaineers
Military Unit Designation: El Dorado Mountaineers, Company G, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 4th Brigade, California Militia
Date of Organization: September 9, 1863
Date of Disbanding:
July 25, 1866
Inclusive dates of units papers:
Geographical Location or Locations:
El Dorado, El Dorado County

Unit papers on file at the California State Archives:

a. Organization Papers 3 documents (1863)
b. Bonds 1 document (1864)
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 14 documents (1863-1864)
d. Election Returns 2 documents (1865-1866)
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns 5 documents (1864-1866)
g. Oaths Qualifications 4 documents (1863-1866)
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices 5 documents (1863-1866)
j. Requisitions 1 document (1863)
k. Resignations none
l. Target Practice Reports none
m. Other none

Extract from and link to Official History
"During the War of the Rebellion an organization composed of men residing in the North, known as the "Copperheads" created a great deal of consternation throughout the country. The use of the term "copperhead" spread throughout the North quietly and persistently, so much so, that there was a fancied resemblance of the peace party to the venomous snake which strikes without warning. These "copperheads" residents of the North deemed it impossible to conquer the Confederacy and were earnestly in favor of peace, consequently they were opposed to the war policy of the President and Congress. These same men caused considerable worry for the various communities in El Dorado and Amador Counties. The Lieutenant Colonel informed the Adjutant General that he had received a report that an organization headed by prominent Copperheads was preparing to attack their different militia companies in El Dorado and Amador Counties..." Outline History of the California National Guard, Vol. 2, pp. 533-535.
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