County Judge, William Churchman, July 13, 1859, approved the petition presented by the citizens of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, for the organization of an Independent Cavalry Corps and a notice appeared in the local. newspaper, The Democrat, for the required number of days, informing residents of the registration of volunteers for such a company. In accordance with the notice, a meeting was held July 25, 1859, and the Washington Horse Guard was organized. An election was held at this meeting when J. W. Morris was elected Captain and C. White, First Lieutenant. Included with the company's organization papers on file was the original Tally-Sheet.(1) The object of the young men raising the volunteer company was for military discipline and to be in readiness for service. when needed.
Due to the scarcity of material on file and also the absence of an Adjutant General's Report for 1859, it was impossible to follow the company's activities. Although the corps had a rank of fifty-four members and the Governor had commissioned the officers with rank date July 28, 1859 it was assumed the members lost interest and were disbanded by mutual consent soon after organization.
(1) Original record of election July 28, 1859, on file State Archives
(2) Sacramento Union, October 22, 1859, page 2, column 1.
Updated 18 May 2008
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