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Pay warrant from the Mariposa Indian War 1851  

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Original warrant for payment to Robert McKee for service in the Mariposa Indian War of 1850-1851


Vallejo, CA


July 25th, 1851


Partially printed "Comptroller's Warrant" filled out in ink. Signed by Jno. Houston as Comptroller. 10.4x21 cm (5¾x8¼").

The Treasurer of the State of California will pay to the order of Robert McKee the sum of $213.90 out of the "War Loan Fund" for "Military services, in defending the Eastern Frontier against the attacks of the Indians," with "as Private" added in ink. Endorsed on the back, "Received the amount of the written warrant in the funded war stock of the State, Sept. 25th, 1852." Signed by James Burney and Robt.. McKee. McKee is listed on the roster of the Mariposa Battalion in the appendix to "The Mariposa Indian War 1850-1851: Diaries of Robert Eccleston..." University of Utah Press [1957, reprinted 1975], shown as replacing Private Francis B. Clark in Company B on March 20th [1851]. The Mariposa War (December 1850 - June 1851), resulted from the influx of miners during the California Gold Rush, forcing many Native Americans off their land, causing some to strike back, with this particular conflict beginning with the the Ahwahneechees and the Chowchilla in the Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley leading a raid on the Fresno River post of James D. Savage, in December 1850. The soldiers of the Mariposa Battalion were the first white men to enter Yosemite Valley, on March 25, 1851. Original pay warrants for soldiers in the brief war are quite rare.

A copy of the 1975 printing of Eccleston's Diaries of The Mariposa Indian War 1850-1851 is included with the lot.

Lot Amendments

Moderate staining and discoloration, very good.

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