California Milita and National Guard Unit Histories
San Jose Volunteers
Official title: San Jose Volunteers, 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, California Militia
Location: San Jose, Santa Clara County
Mustered in: June 20, 1861
Mustered out: September 1861
Commanding Officers
H. A. Gorley, Captain (Elected June 20, 1861; Commissioned July 6, 1861)
James Lynch, First Lieutenant (Elected June 20, 1861; Commissioned July 6, 1861)
Unit papers on file at the California State Archives:
a. Organization Papers 1 document (1861)
b. Bonds none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 2 documents (1861)
d. Election Returns none
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns none
g. Oaths Qualifications none
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices none
j. Requisitions none
k. Resignations none
l. Target Practice Reports none

On June 20, 1861, a meeting was held in the City Hall of San Jose for the purpose of organizing a company of volunteers to be known as the San Jose Volunteers. S. O. Houghton was supervisor of the election of officers,- being appointed by Judge John H. Moore of Santa Clara County. H. O. Corley was elected Captain by the vote of the entire company.
The San Jose Volunteers were organized during the Civil War for the expressed purpose of aiding the Union Army. In September 1861, through Captain Gorley they tendered their services to the Governor of the State for active duty. In the War of the Rebellion the San Jose Volunteers were accepted and mustered in as Company D, First Regiment of Infantry, California Volunteers.*


*Adjutant General Report, 1861, page 28



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