Official Name: Washington Rifles, First Brigade, Fourth Division
Location: Sacramento, Sacramento County
Papers on file at the California State Archives:
|Name||Date of Rank||Date of Commission|
|Thomas L. Roberts, Captain||May 27, 1861||June 27, 1861|
|W. A. Thompson, First Lieutenant||May 27, 1861||June 27, 1861|
Responding quickly to the wave of patriotism
and military zeal which spread over California at the beginning
of the Civil War, and realizing the need for men with military
training in the Union Forces, the Washington Rifles, a volunteer
company of eighty-one men, was organized in Sacramento, May 27,
1861, under the Military Laws of the State and immediately tendered
their services to the Governor:(1) They were
accepted forthwith and the company mustered into the services
of the United States as Company E, First
Regiment of Infantry, California Volunteers.(2)
The Captain and First and Second Lieutenants holding the same
positions in the new Regiment and the Brevet Lieutenant being
the Second Lieutenant of-Company A, Third
Regiment of Infantry, California Volunteers.
1. Adjutant General Report
1861, pages 52, 105.
2. For further activities of the Washington Rifles refer to History of Company E, First Infantry Regiment, California Volunteers in the Civil War.
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