California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Emmet Life Guard
(Emmet Guard)
San Francisco's Irish-American Hall. Located at 818 Howard Street, this building served as the armory for the Emmet Guard and other ethnic Irish units of the California National Guard.
(Lone Mountain College Collection of Stereographs by Eadweard Muybridge, 1867-1880 )

Official or Other Titles:
Location: City and County of San Francisco
Armory: Irish-American Hall, 818 Howard Street.
Mustered in: November 18, 1862
Date of Disbanding: June 1, 1881
Inclusive dates of units papers: 1862-1881
Unit papers on file at the California State Archives

a. Organization Papers 1 document (1862)
b. Bonds none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 49 documents (1862-1881)
d. Election Returns 16 documents (1862-1881)
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns 57 documents (1863-1881)
g. Oaths Qualifications 180 documents (1865-1881)
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices 12 documents (1863-1881)
j. Requisitions 12 documents (1862-1880)
k. Resignations 1 document (1880)
l. Target Practice Reports 10 documents (1871-1880)
m. Other Report of Inspection, 2 documents (1880-1881)
Public Property, 2 documents (1868-1871) and Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry, 2 documents (1880)
Link to Official History:
History of the Emmet Life Guard and Emmet Guard
Robert Emmet
Robert Emmet (4 March 1778 – 20 September 1803) was an Irish nationalist and Republican, orator and rebel leader. He led an abortive rebellion against British rule in 1803 and was captured, tried and executed for high treason.
Robert Emmet came from a wealthy Protestant family who sympathised with Irish Catholics and their lack of fair representation in Parliament. The Emmet family also sympathised with the American Revolution. While his own efforts to rebel against British rule failed, his actions and speech after his conviction inspired his compatriots.
Dress Uniform of the Emmet Life Guard, 1870
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Updated 8 February 2016