California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Sutter Creek Volunteers

Organizational Data
Official or Other Titles: Sutter Creek Volunteers, 4th Brigade, California Militia
Location: Sutter Creek, Amador County
Mustered in: 6 September 1861
Mustered out: 1862
Inclusive dates of units papers: 1861-1862

Commanding Officers

William Trump, Captain, Date of Rank: 6 September 1861 Commissioned: 10 September 1861
James Davison, First Lieutenant, Date of Rank: 6 September 1861 Commissioned: 10 September 1861


Papers on file at the California State Archives

a. Organization Papers 8 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 none
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices none
j. Requisitions none
k. Resignations none
l. Target Practice Reports none
m. Other none

Official History

A sufficient number ·of citizens of Amador County, subject to military duty, subscribed to a call for the organization of a volunteer militia company and filed the petition with County Judge Marion Gordon. Judge Gordon set September 6, 1861, as the date to hold the organization meeting of the company, and requested George R. Walker as the person to superintend the proceedings. On that date in Sutter Creek, Amador County, the volunteer military company designated and knovm as the Sutter Creek Volunteers was organized under the leadership of Captain William Trump.

There was only a meager source of informatlon concerning the history of the Sutter Creek Volunteers, but in 1862, the records show that they had never posted their Denal bond or sent a company muster roll to the Brigadier-General commanding the Fourth Brigade, as was required by the military laws. Failure on their part to meet these requirements caused Adjutant General
W. C. Kibbe to list the Sutter Creek Volunteers as disbanded in 1862.*

* Report of the Adjutant General, 1862, page 130.

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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