California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Mountain Volunteers
(Placer County)

Official Name: Mountain Volunteers, Second Brigade, Fourth Division
Location: Forest Hill, Placer County
Mustered in: May 13, 1861
Mustered out: December 1861
Inclusive dates of units papers: 1861
Geographical Location or Locations: Forest Hill, Placer Co.

Papers on file at the California State Archives:

a. Organization Papers 3 documents (1861)
b. Bonds none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 4 documents (1861)
d. Election Returns none
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns 1 document (1861)
g. Oaths Qualifications 4 documents (1861)
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices none
j. Requisitions none
k. Resignations 3 documents (1861)
l. Target Practice Reports none
m. Other none
Commanding Officers
Name  Date of Commission
J. Ives Fitch,`Captain  June 27, 1861
William Forrest, First Lieutenant  June 27, 1861
Official History

The Mountain Volunteers were organized by A. B. Scott during May of 1861. Permission was granted through Judge E.H. Vandecar, to post notices of a meeting to be held May fourth at Forest House, Forest Hill, for the purpose of enrollment and the election of officers. The meeting was a success and the company was mustered into service on May thirteenth. The company's s first drill was 'held June first even though the arms and accoutrements were not issued until the twenty-eighthof that month.

The Mountain Volunteers were in existence for only seven months, from May until December 1861, and with the outbreak of the War of the Rebellion, Captain Fitch and Lieutenant Copely joined Company B, Fourth Infantry Regiment of California, and many of the company's members joined the Volunteer Infantry Service for active duty. The company was accredited with having furnished between fifty and sixty men for service in the United States Army and, therefore, it is assumed the Mountain Volunteers were forced to disband during December of 1861, as there membership quota no longer met the required standards.[1]


1. Adjutant General Report, 1861, page 112.

Updated 18 January 2015

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