California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Sacramento Rangers
Presentation knife given to officers of the Sacramento Rangers, Company F, 2nd Regiment of Cavalry, California Volunteers in 1861. Mother of Pearl Handles with "SACRAMENTO RANGERS" engraved on a metal strip on one side. Made by George Wostenholm & Son, Ltd., Washington Works, Sheffield, England

Official or Other Titles:
Sacramento Rangers, 1st Brigade, 4th Division, California Militia
Location: Sacramento, Sacramento County
Mustered in: 27 August 1861
Mustered out: 1861
Inclusive dates of units papers: 1861

Commanding Officers
Albert Brown, Captain, Elected: 20 September 1861, Commissioned: 23 September 1861
Albert H. Haus, First Lieutenant, Elected: 20 September 1861, Commissioned: 23 September 1861
A.W. Starr, Second Lieutenant, Elected: 20 September 1861, Commissioned: 23 September 1861
Papers on file at the California State Archives

a. Organization Papers none
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 none
l. Target Practice Reports none
m. Other none
Official History
The spirit of patriotism aroused by President Lincoln's call for volunteers at the beginning of the Civil War was responsible for the organization of the Sacramento Rangers, August 27, 1861. The company was composed of sixty-two men and immediately upon completing their organization, the unit tendered its services to the State. [1] The corps was accepted by the Governor, and mustered into·the service. of the United States as Company F, Second Cavalry Regiment, California Volunteers [2] with Captain DeMerritt and First Lieutenant Ropes holding the same positions in the new regiment.

1. Adjutant General Report 1861, pages 52, 110.
2. For further activities of the Sacramento Rangers refer to History of Company F, Second Cavalry Regiment, California Volunteers in the Civil War.
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
California State Landmark No. 666, Camp Union, Sutterville
Organized here on October 8, 1861, the 5th Infantry Regiment, California Volunteers was trained by Brevet Brigadier General George W. Bowie for duty against Confederate forces in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The troops aided the stricken capital in this year of the great flood. Company F (Sacramento Rangers), 2nd Cavalry Regiment, California Volunteers, organized in Sacramento August 29, 1861, later served here. This company furnished a large number of officers for other units of the California Volunteers. Location: NE corner of Sutterville and Land Park Dr, Sacramento
Source: California State Parks, State Historical Preservation Office
Additional History
Sacramento Rangers Living History Group


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