California Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Trueman Head Rifles
Official or Other Titles: Trueman Head Rifles, Company F, 5th Brigade, California Militia
Location: French Gulch, Shasta County
Mustered in: June 23, 1863
Date of Disbanding: Aug. 20, 1866
Inclusive dates of units papers: 1863-1866
Papers on file at the California State Archives

a. Organization Papers 1 document (1863)
b. Bonds 1 document (1864)
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 15 documents (1863-1864)
d. Election Returns 3 documents (1864-1866)
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns 8 documents (1863-1866)
g. Oaths Qualifications 7 documents (1863-1865)
h. Orders none
i. Receipts, invoices 3 documents (1863-1866)
j. Requisitions 1 document (1863)
k. Resignations none
l. Target Practice Reports none
m. Other none


The members adapted the name of Trueman Head Rifles to show honor to one of California's most prominent frontiersmen, who was more generally known under the euphonious title of `California Joe'. Truman Head was appointed Chief of Scouts by Brevet Brigadier General George A. Custer for the U.S. Cavalry.
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History of the Trueman Head Rifles
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