Riots, Protests, and Other Civil Disturbances
The Sacramento Emergency, April 1882

Four companies of the First Artillery Regiment were called into service on April 11, 1882, in response to the requests of the Mayor and Chief of Police of the City of Sacramento for assistance in quelling a threatened riot. This community unrest resulted from the murder of a prominent Sacramento citizen and the desires of a mob, which surrounded the city prison, to forcibly remove the alleged murderer. The Guardsmen, under the leadership of Colonel T. W. Sheelion, Commander of the First Artillery Regiment, were successful in frustrating the efforts of the mob and thus assisted in the maintenance of law and order.



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