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Union cavalry capture sixteen Californians under Daniel Showalter making for Confederate Arizona

California, 1857, zoomable map
11/29/1861
Under the leadership of Greene County, Pennsylvania native Daniel Showalter, the group had made for Arizona to join the Confederacy.  A patrol of the First California Cavalry under 2nd Lt. Chauncey R. Wellman set out in the early morning of November 20, 1861 from Camp Wright in San Diego County to intercept them.  Wellman and his men caught the Showalter Party at Minter's Ranch near Temaluna in the early morning hours and they surrendered without a fight, marking the only time Union forces encountered Confederates in California during the war. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
United States Congress, The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies ... Series 1, Volume L, Part 1 (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1897),  43-44.
Bill Virden, "The Affair at Minter's Ranch," Journal of San Diego History 7, no. 1 (April 1961): 23-25.

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