Historic California Militia and National Guard Units
Tuolumne Home Guard
(Chinese Camp)
Military Unit Designation: Tuolumne Home Guard,, Company C, 3rd Infantry Regiment, California Militia
Date of Organization:
September 27, 1862
Date of Disbanding:
August 8, 1866
Inclusive dates of units papers:
Geographical Location or Locations:
Chinese Camp, Tuolumne County

Unit papers on file at the California State Archives:
a. Organization Papers: 4 documents (1862)
b. Bonds: none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters): 13 documents (1862-1864)
d. Election Returns 3 documents: (1863-1865)
e. Exempt Certificates, Applications for: none
f. Muster Rolls, Monthly returns: 5 documents (1863-1866)
g. Oaths Qualifications: 4 documents (1862-1864)
h. Orders: none
i. Receipts, invoices: 2 documents (1864-1866)
j. Requisitions: 1 document (1863)
k. Resignations: 5 documents (1863-1865)
l. Target Practice Reports: none

Commanding Officers

 Name  Date of Rank  Date of Commission Remarks
 J. H. Utter, Captain  27 September 1862 11 October 1862
 C. Mann, First Lieutenant  27 September 1862 11 October 1862
 Alexander Starr, Captain  10 February 1863 2 April 1863
 George Fisher, First Lieutenant  10 February 1863 2 April 1863
 George Fisher, Captain  10 February 1863 2 April 1863 Died 4 August 1875
 F.R. Thomas, First Lieutenant  10 February 1863 2 April 1863  
Martin Bacon, First Lieutenant 3 March 1864  9 April 1864
 Martin Bacon, Captain 8 August 1865  23 August 1865 Reelected 9 October 1874
 Charles Cutting, First Lieutenant 8 August 1865  23 August 1865  

Official History:

The Tuolumne Home Guard, Company C, was organized in the town of Chinese Camp, Tuolumne County, and sworn into the service of the State of California on September 2?, 1862, under the
command of Captain Utter.

Tuolumne County during the Civil War, was evenly divided in political affiliation, there being as many citizens who were ecessionists as there were men favoring the Union cause. The Tuolumne Home Guard had the responsibility of supporting the authorities in maintaining law and order, as well as to uphold the Constitution of the United States during these troubled times. How well the unit accomplished this may be seen by the fact that, although many public mass meetings were held no serious disturbances ever occurred in Tuolumne County. With the close of the War of the Rebellion, there was a steady decrease in the membership of this company, due no doubt to the fact that there remained no great need for the organization's existence. The only activities the Tuolumne Home Guard was engaged in were the usual company drills which grew tiresome to the more adventurously inclined members. The Tuolumne Home Guard upon the recommendation of Adjutant General George S. Evans was mustered out of the service of the State of California, Au[ust 8, 1866.
This history was completed in 1940 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in conjunction with the California National Guard and the California State Library.
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