Several months ago I began a series of posts about the murder of an early Humboldt settler, James Casebeer
But it was as I was working on the fourth post that I realized I’d forgotten something. I’d gotten so caught up in the drama of the lynchings of the murder suspects that I’d forgotten Casebeer entirely.
It was then that I decided to back up and more thoroughly examine the bigger picture. Who were ALL the people sharing the Northcoast during those early years?
And the renegades with little regard for human decency here
But the naïve gold miners also needed to be considered… here
There were also the soldiers , sent to Northern California to protect the settlers during the “Indian wars”.
James Brown was a soldier stationed here in 1862 & 1863. He kept a diary of his experiences, which 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”.