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Doc. 222. capture of rebels in California.


Major Riggs' official report.

camp Wright, Oak Grove, San Diego County, lower California, Nov. 30, 1861.
Colonel: I take advantage of the departure of SeƱor Sepulva Ramon, Carillo's brother-in-law, to inform you of the arrest of the Showalter party, Showalter with them. It consists of sixteen men, each armed with rifles and a pair of revolvers. They gave us a hard chase, but we finally captured them. They parleyed, but finally concluded not to resist, although against the advice of Showalter.

The names of the party are T. A. Wilson, Tennessee; W. Woods, Missouri; Charles Pendroth, Kentucky; Wm. Sands, Tennessee; T. L. Roberts, South Carolina; R. H. Wood, Mississippi; T. W. Woods, Virginia; J. W. Sampson, Kentucky; S. A. Rogers, Tennessee; J. Lawrence, Arkansas; Levi Rogers, Alabama; Henry Crowell, Pennsylvania; Wm. Turner, Georgia; Dan. Showalter, Pennsylvania; A. King, Tennessee.

Retook two of the party on the 27th, near the post, viz.: E. B. Summers and F. V. Chum. They were the advancing party, eighteen in all. I am now examining them, and will send you by express, that will leave here to-night some time, full particulars. They now regret that they did not resist; if they had they would have given us a hard fight. There is no doubt that every one of them is a secessionist, and are on their way to lend aid and comfort to the enemy. I would like to know as soon as possible what to do with them. They lave pack mules, and are well fitted out, and a desperate set of men.

I am under great obligations to Francisco Ocampo for my success. It is reported that some eighty men are getting ready, and on the road. I will keep a good watch for them.

Very respectfully,

Edwin A. Rigg, Major First Infantry, commanding Camp Wright. To Col. Jas. H. Carleton, First Infantry C. V., Los Angeles, Cal.
P. S.-They were captured at daylight on the morning of the 29th, at John Winter's ranch, near San Jose Valley.

Headquarters District of Southern California, Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 3, 1861.-A true copy.

Ben. C. Cutler, First Lieut. First Infantry C. V., Acting Assistant Adj.-Gen.

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