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Santa Cruz County History - People
Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson
MATTHIS, UPTON S (1844-1892)
Sawtelle Soldiers Home Records
NAME: Upton S Matthis
REGISTER #: 1412
RANK/CO/UNIT: Pvt./Co. L/2nd California Cavalry
ENLISTMENT: 1851/09/23 Santa Cruz California
DISCHARGED: 1864/10/07 Ft. Douglas UT Expiration of Service
DISABILITY: Pulmonary Tuberculosis
HT/CMP/EYE/HR: 5'9"/Lt. Complexioned
RESIDENCE: Bitterwater (San Benito County) CA
MARRIED SINGLE: Married
NEXT OF KIN: Emma T. Matthis, Bitterwater
PENSION AMOUNT: $12
DATE OF DEATH: 1892/07/11
CAUSE OF DEATH: Ulceration of bowels
PENSION CERT: #781.158
EFFECTS: $7.60 cash, $7.50 personal
HOW DISPOSED OF:
Editorial Notes from Robert L. Nelson
Records from the Santa Cruz Historical Society
California’s youngest commissioned officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, Upton Matthis, left Watsonville with Company L Second Cavalry, of Santa Cruz County to protect the Northern cause at Ft. Douglas, Utah.
Captain Matthis who erected the first general mercantile store in Castroville had the unique experience between 1868 and 1873 of being held up twice and kidnapped once by Tiburcio Vasquez and Domingo Vaia.
The Spanish Banditti on two occasions overlooked $10,000 in gold after threatening torture and death to the storekeeper. Said Vasques, “Pero usted es un mal hombre, Senior Matthis (You are a tough man).
Note: No confirmation as to Matthis being awarded a commission could be found.
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