Guide to the Vigilance Committee Records, 1856

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Guide to the Vigilance Committee Records, 1856



California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Vigilance Committee Records,
Date (inclusive): 1856
Box Number: 324
Collector: Mittlestaedt, Richard E.
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Vigilance Committee Records, California State Library.

Access Points

San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856.
Vigilance--California--San Francisco.
Vigilance committees--California--San Francisco.

Contents

Correspondence, statement of ordinance, schedule of arms, items concerning military matters.

History

The Vigilance Committee of San Francisco was founded in 1856 following the murder of William H. Richardson by Charles Cora And James King of by James Casey. The leader of the new committee was William T. Coleman and its headquarters was Fort Gunnybags. On May 18, 1856, 2,500 armed vigilantes seized Cora and Casey from the sherriff's custody, tried them and publicly hanged them four days later. Following a fight in which the vigilantes seized arms from the state militia, the Committee held a parade of 6,1000 followers and then disbanded.
Although highly popular, the Committee did not enjoy universal support. Letters in this collection present the side of the "Law and Order" forces in opposition to the Committee. The Committee ceased operations in the fall of 1856.

Correspondents

Major Correspondents

  • Johnson, James Meely.
  • Kibbe, William C.

Other Correspondents

  • Allen, C. E.
  • Boutwell, E. B.
  • Cazneau, Thomas N.
  • Coleman, William Tell, 1824-1893
  • Howard, Volney Erskine, 1809-1885
  • Hungerford, D. E.
  • Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891
  • Ward, George R.

Related Collections

  • Title: Anthony Lewis Tasheira Collection, 1849-1860

Container List

Box Box 324

Arranged chronologically.