- Historic California
Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
- Camp Bidwell
- (Camp Chico)
- This camp, originally called Camp Chico,
was established at Chico, Butte County, by Captain Samuel H.
Starr with Company F, 2nd California Cavalry
on August 15, 1863, and by Company A, 6th
California Infantry, on August 26, 1863. Company I, 2nd California
Cavalry also garrison the post. Available post returns are dated
from August 1863 to May 1865.
- "In 1864 and 1865 there were quite
a number of persons sent to Fort Alcatraz
from Butte County. There was one who when Lincoln was assassinated,
made very filthy remarks about Lincoln and preached Jeff Davis.
When Captain Doty, who was in command of the soldiers at Chico,
heard of his remarks he detailed three men to bring the man to
camp. This man had always made his boast about what he would
do if the soldiers tried to get him and packed a large Colt revolver.
The soldiers rode to his home and asked for him. His daughter
said he was on the plains looking after his stock. They rode
away and soon saw a man on horseback. They rode up and one said,
"Is your name Stewart."
- He said, "Yes," and about
that time he was looking in the barrels of two carbines. One
rode up and took the revolver. They then tied his feet under
the horse's belly and led him to camp. He was sent to Alcatraz
for three months."
- The Last of the Mill Creeks,
and Early Life in Northern California,
by Sim Moak (1923)