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. 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
Guard was in existence is unknown.
 A notice of this meeting taken from a newspaper is attached to the company's organization papers, Adjutant-General's Office.