California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Placer County Mountaineers

Official or Other Titles:
Placer County Mountaineers, 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, California Militia
Location: Forest Hill, Placer County
Mustered in: 17 September 1861
Mustered out: 1861
Inclusive dates of units papers: 1861

Commanding Officers
David S. Whiting, Captain, Commissioned: 19 September 1861
Thomas A. Young, First Lieutenant, Commissioned: 19 September 1861
Papers on file at the California State Archives

a. Organization Papers 3 documents (1861)
b. Bonds none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) none
d. Election Returns none
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns none
g. Oaths Qualifications 3 documents (1861)
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices none
j. Requisitions none
k. Resignations 1 document (1861)
l. Target Practice Reports none
m. Other none
Official History
This company was organized on 17 September 1861, under the military laws of the State, particularly with the intention of offering its services to the Governor for one of the regiments of California Volunteers, which at the time was being formed.* The required ten days notice was posted in three or more public places in Forest Hill for the purpose of enrolling members and their first meeting was held 5 September 1861. Thomas Young presided at the meeting and was authorized by County Judge W. H. Vandecar to open a book for the enrollment at which time fifty-seven men responded. The company was organized and the members agreed upon the name of the Placer County Mountaineers. The election of officers was also held at that time, which placed David S. Whiting as Captain and Thomas Young as First Lieutenant of the corps.
Records indicate that there were never any arms or accoutrements issued this company as t he men were recruited into the service of the California Volunteers shortly after the company was organized. Lieutenant Young retained his rank in Company B of the Fifth Regiment of Infantry, [California Volunteers] which also absorbed many of the members of the Placer County Mountaineers. As it was the intention of the members of this company to enlist with the California Volunteers the Placer County Mountaineers was disbanded during the latter part of 1861 although there was no record on file of the official muster out of the company.*

*Adjutant General Report 1861, page 115. ,
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


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