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Near San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

New Almaden’s Civil War Crisis

 
 
New Almaden’s Civil War Crisis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 13, 2006
1. New Almaden’s Civil War Crisis Marker
Inscription. In March 1863 the Supreme Court adjudged that the original Castillero claim to the New Almaden Mine was fraudulent and invalid. President Abraham Lincoln, acting on this judgment, sent a writ to U.S. Marshall C.W. Rand in San Francisco.

“I, Abraham Lincoln, do order you to take possession of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine for the United States”.

The Marshall was prepared to take the mines by force. General Wright, Commander of the Department of the Pacific, ordered Company E of the Second Calvary and an infantry detachment to San Jose to enforce the order.

Under orders from the owners who believed the order was illegal, Superintendent John Young refused to give up the mines. A telegram from General Henry Halleck, General-in-Chief of the Army, to General George Wright, countermanded Lincoln’s order. The troops and the Marshall withdrew.

Frederick Low, the collector of the Port of San Francisco, also telegraphed President Lincoln that the miners in California and the Territory of Nevada believed the U.S. Government would seize all mines on public property. President Lincoln, recognizing the political implications of this possibly fueling the cause of secession, retracted his writ.

“Right wrongs nobody”

 
Erected
New Almaden’s Civil War Crisis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 13, 2006
2. New Almaden’s Civil War Crisis Marker
Marker is in center of photo
2005 by The Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission & Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department October 8, 2005. Sponsored by the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association and Mountain Charlie Chapter No.1850, E. Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.442′ N, 121° 49.524′ W. Marker is near San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of Almaden Road and Bertram Way, on the right when traveling west on Almaden Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the Hacienda Trailhead in Almaden Quicksilver Park. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of First Mining in California (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patrick Tillman (about 300 feet away); Hard Rock Miners (about 300 feet away); Hacienda Mining Display (about 300 feet away); Cornish Pump (about 300 feet away); Hoeing Table and Cleaning Tank (about 300 feet away); Mercury Storage Vault (about 300 feet away); Shaker-Concentrator (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
Regarding New Almaden’s Civil War Crisis. Also see other nearby marker - Site of First Mining in California for additional information regarding the New Almaden Mine
 
Also see . . .
1. Mountain Charlie Chapter Plaque Dedication. (Submitted on October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Guide to the New Almaden Mine. (Submitted on October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 914 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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