Historic California Militia and National Guard Units
Howell Zouaves

Military Unit Designation:
Date of Organization: July 27, 1865
Date of Disbanding:
June 1, 1872
Inclusive dates of units papers:
Geographical Location or Locations:
Grass Valley, Nevada County

Unit papers on file at the California State Archives:

a. Organization Papers 1 document (1865)
b. Bonds 1 document (1866)
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 7 documents (1865-1872)
d. Election Returns 6 documents (1866-1871)
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns 33 documents (1865-1872)
g. Oaths Qualifications 88 documents (1865-1870)
h. Orders 1 document (1872)
i. Receipts, invoices 9 documents (1865-1872)
j. Requisitions 3 documents (1865-1870)
k. Resignations 7 documents (1866-1870)
l. Target Practice Reports 4 documents (1866-1867)
m. Other Public Property, 4 documents (1866-1872)

Extracts from and link to Official History:

"...the members decided upon the name of Howell Zouaves in honor of Brigadier General Josiah Howell."
"The company was reorganized under the act of 1866... and mustered into the Service of the State National Guard, Fifth Battalion, on August fourth of the same year."
"... the company was mustered out of service by Special Order in June 1868."
"... on June third (1870), the Howell Zouaves were reinstated and mustered into the Service of the National Guard of California..." Outline History of California National Guard, Vol. 2, #281
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