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Volcano Guard

Official or other titles: Volcano Guard, Second Brigade

Location: Volcano, Amador County

Mustered in: January 27, 1858

Mustered out: 1861

Commanding Officers

L. Rynerson, Captain, Elected January 27, 1858; Commissioned April 30, 1858
L. S. Scott, First Lieutenant, Elected January 27, 1858; Commissioned April 30, 1858


Official History

The Volcano Guard was organized in Volcano, Amador County, January 27, 1858, under the command of Captain Rynerson. This company was composed of sixty-five loyal men. Due to a lack of arms in the State this unit was never properly equipped during its three year existence.

Volcano was the location of rich gold deposits but by 1860 the deposits were completely worked, and many residents began to migrate to other mining towns. L. S. Scott, First Lieutenant of the company, wrote a letter to the Adjutant-General, June 24, 1861, stating that the Volcano Guard was virtually disbanded as that not more than fifteen members.of the company remained in Volcano.

There are no records indicating that this company was mustered out of service, and it is assumed that the remaining members of the Volcano Guard went into the new Volcano Blues a volunteer military company which was organized July 31, 1861.


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

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