California State Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Hooker Light Infantry
Military Unit Designation: Hooker Light Infantry, 3rd Brigade, California Militia
Date of Organization:
May 18, 1863
Date of Disbanding:
Inclusive dates of units papers:
Geographical Location or Locations:
Aurora, Mono County California. After 13 September 1863 California-Nevada state line adjustment, Aurora, Esmeralda County, Nevada

Papers on file at the California State Archives:
a. Organization Papers 3 documents (1863)
b. Bonds 1 document (1863)
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 17 documents (1863)
d. Election Returns none
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns 2 documents (1863)
g. Oaths Qualifications none
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices 2 documents (1863)
j. Requisitions 2 documents (1863)
k. Resignations none
l. Target Practice Reports none
Commanding Officers
Jacob Hess, Captain; Elected May 18, 1863; Commissioned May 27, 1863
George N. Donnell, First Lieutenant; Elected May 18, 1863; Commissioned May 27, 1863
Official History

On May 9, 1863, J. A. Moultrie, County Judge of Mono County appointed Edwin Sherman, a resident of Aurora, to superintend the meeting to form a volunteer military company designated as the Hooker Light Infantry. The company was duly formed and mustered into the service of the State of California, May 18, 1863, with Jacob Hess as Captain.

The town of Aurora during the Civil War was the location of one of Mono County's richest gold mines, and renegades from all parts of California had gathered there. Also many of the town s citizens were secessionists The Hooker Light Infantry was formed with the expressed purpose of aiding the civil authorities to maintain law and order among the residents.

In 1863, due to the readjusting of the boundary line of the territory of Nevada, it was found that the town of Aurora was three miles on the Nevada side.(1) The Hooker Light Infantry was dropped from the California roster, but allowed to keep the arms in their possession. In order that the State of California would suffer no loss of property, Adjutant General William Kibbe wrote to the Governor of Nevada in 1864, suggesting that when Nevada received their arms from their State Government, they turn over to California the same number that was retained by the Hooker Light Infantry.(2)

There was no further record of the company, and it is assumed that In the early part of 1864, the Hooker Light Infantry was officially mustered out of California service.

1. Mono County Mines, published 1878, Page 49.
2 . Adjutant General Report 1864-1867, Page 15.
This history was written in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in conjunction with the office of the Adjutant General and the California State Library
Muster Roll Information:
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