Historic California Militia and National Guard Units
Forest Hill Guard
Military Unit Designation: Forest Hill Guard, Company B, 1st Infantry Battalion, 4th Brigade, California Militia
Date of Organization:
October 8, 1861
Date of Disbanding:
August 16, 1866
Inclusive dates of units papers:
Geographical Location or Locations:
Forest Hill (now Foresthill), Placer County

Records on file at the California State Archives:
a. Organization Papers none
b. Bonds none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 39 documents (1861-1864)
d. Election Returns 7 documents (1861-1866)
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns 7 documents (1863-1866)
g. Oaths Qualifications 5 documents (1862-1863)
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices 2 documents (1862)
j. Requisitions none
k. Resignations 3 documents (1862)
l. Target Practice Reports none
m. Other none
Commanding Officers:

Thomas Rea , Captain: Commissioned 18 October 1861
E. F. Hoyt , Flrst Lieutenant: Commissioned 18 October 1861
Frank w. Thayer, First Lieutenant· Elected 10 January 1863, commissioned 14 January 1863
David L. Bowers, First Lieutenant Elected 25 January 1863, commissioned 9 April 1864.

A. N. Davison, Captain: Elected 19 March 1864, commissioned 2 April 1864, reelected 7 Jan 1875, 8 January 1866
John M. Bayler, First Lieutenant: Elected 9 January 1864, commissioned 2 July 1864
T. M. Worthingham, First Lieutenant: Elected 7 January 1865, commissioned 30 January 1865, reelected 6 January 1866.

Official History:

The town of Forest Hill is situated in Placer County, and located near the historic Jenny Lind Mine. This mine dated back to thedays of the "Gold Rush" in California and is reported to have produced more than one million dollars of bullion.[1] As this was a mining section, the citizens felt the need of protection against the inevitable out law element and desired to form a volunteer company and on October 1861, the Forest Hill Guard, Company B .was formed. This company used the same arms and equipment as the Mountain Volunteers until the latter disbanded during the month of December, when the Forest Hill Guard took over the arms and equipment of the disbanded company.

There is very little history concerning this company except that it remained as a company of Home Guard throughout the "War of the Rebellion", and was mustered out of service August 16, 1866.[2]

1. History of Placer County, California --Thompson & West, Oakland, 1882, page 389'.
2. History of Placer County, California --Thompson & West, Oakland, 1882, page 349.
This history was prepared in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in conjunction with the California National Guard and the California State Library.
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