California State Militia and National Guard Unit Histories
Confidence Guard
Confidence Engine Company No. 1. Many, if not all of the members were concurrently members of the Confidence Guard. The firehouse probably also served as the unit's armory.
Official or Other Titles: Confidence Guard
Location: Placerville, El Dorado County
Mustered in: 1860
Inclusive dates of units papers: 1860

Unit papers on file at the California State Archives

a. Organization Papers 1 document (1860)
b. Bonds none
c. Correspondence (Unclassified letters) 2 documents (1860)
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
8. Miscellaneous:

Commanding Officers
William Jones, Captain; commissioned February 8, 1860
Patrick Lynch, First Lieut; commissioned February 8, 1860
"2009-0724-Placerville-ConfidenceHall" by Bobak Ha'Eri - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
Placerville's Confidence Hall, former home of the Confidence Engine Company No. 1 and probably the Confidence Guard, circa 2009.
Official History
The Confidence Guard was organized in Placerville, following a petition written to the Honorable James Johnson, the County Judge, and signed by a number of loyal citizens who wished to form an Independent Company of militia. Judge Johnson appointed T. Elkus to open a book for the enrollment of members. Notices were posted in two newspapers to that effect for the required ten days.[1] The-first meeting was. held on January 27, 1860, at which time the members adopted the name of Confidence Guard. The men of this unit were all members of the Confidence Engine Company No. 1 of Placerville, which explains the designation of their company.
There was no election of officers until February eighth, when a meeting was held for that purpose. William Jones on that date was elected Captain and Patrick Lynch, elected First Lieutenant of the company.
There was no indication that this company was ever mustered into the State Militia as it is not listed in the Adjutant General's Report. Therefore, the length of time the Confidence Guard was in existence is unknown.
[1] A notice of this meeting taken from a newspaper is attached to the company's organization papers, Adjutant-General's Office.
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
Updated 16 January 2015