In June 1864, James Shuler was arrested and charged with Highway Robbery in Butte County, California. He was with a group known as the "Gassaway Family". Later in the same year (in October) they were convicted and sentenced to terms in the state prison at San Quentin. James spent almost eight years in prison. He was pardoned and released in May, 1872.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES from BUTTE COUNTY -- 1864

  • About the Robbery
  • Legal Proceedings
    DOCUMENTS from CALIFORNIA STATE ARCHIVES
  • 1864 - Commitment Document
  • 1864 - Ledger Entry on Prison Register
  • 1868 - Certificates from Prison Officers
  • 1868 - Petition from Citizens of Yuba County, California
  • 1870 - Letter from James Shuler to Governor Haight
  • 1871 - Petition from Citizens of Bartow County, Georgia
  • 1871 - Letter from Governor Bullock to Governor Haight
  • 1871 - Letter from A. M. Heslep to Governor Haight
  • 1871 - Letter from Former District Attorney
  • 1872 - Certificate of Good Conduct
  • 1872 - Letter from James Shuler to Governor Booth
  • 1872 - Executive Pardon


    UNANSWERED QUESTION:
    Was James Shuler unjustly convicted (as he claimed in his letter to the governor), without any substantial evidence against him, merely because he was a Southerner -- or had he really been involved in some way with the secret society of Confederate bandits?



    Documents provided by
    the California State Archives
    Sacramento, Ca 95814

    INTERNET Adaptation
    by Sandra Shuler Bray