Poor miserable half naked half starved wretches

Fort Humboldt, c. 1885

I realized last night that it might be time to warn new visitors that if they are looking for linear content on this blog, they’d best look elsewhere.  My vocation is project management,  where everything needs to be organized and run in straight lines.  This, on the other hand, is a hobby.  I get distracted, leave topics in the middle, find new sources at random times and insert  tangential facts.  Those with a low tolerance for such things likely don’t come back.  To all you others, I am glad to have you here.  

I recently received a transcript of a diary written by a young man named James Brown (no relation to the other, more infamous James Brown) who served in the military during the 1860s.  

The more “innocent” Brown’s entries are from 1862.  He describes his journey to our rugged and isolated North Coast  and his experiences while stationed here during the beginnings of the civil war (which became the height of our “Indian Wars”). 

It was an excerpt of the following entry he wrote while at Fort Humboldt  (which was located above the Bayshore Mall in Eureka)  that grabbed my attention and prompted my request for the entire document. 

May 9, 1862: On guard.  40 or 50 Squaws and children brought in by the Calvary.  Poor miserable half naked half starved wretches.  The sight was sickening. 


6 Responses to Poor miserable half naked half starved wretches

  1. SoHumBorn says:

    I love your blog & have been a fan since I found it. I had to pop out of the shadows & thank you for the very kind way you spoke about my writing. I was amazed and deeply touched by your words. Thank you so much! 🙂

    • lynette77 says:

      Well, thank you for sharing as you do. You write about an important (though controversial) cultural that will disappear someday-absolutely no doubt about that. It is wonderful you are able to capture it so well and share it with the rest of the world.

  2. […] James Brown  was  a soldier stationed here in 1862 & 1863.  He kept a diary of his experiences, which provides provides rare details about his journey to Fort Humboldt and his experiences with the other soldiers, the community and the natives he came to “hunt”. […]

  3. […] Brown’s diary transcript  starts in January of 1862 and while it eventually chronicles his experiences on our Northcoast, […]

  4. nan says:

    piqued my interest–looking forward to hearing more.

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