The two Caleb Dorseys
The two Caleb Dorseys both resided in Tuolumne County, California (the same place of residence further confuses researchers). The Caleb Dorsey who is the subject of our discussion--the Missouri Confederate--was a native of Pike County, Missouri, and moved to California after the war where he was shot to death at a mine he owned near Columbia in Tuolumne County in April 1896. While that Caleb Dorsey was serving in the Confederate Army in Missouri during the war, his California-residing sawmill owning, mining attorney cousin, also named Caleb Dorsey, was serving as district attorney of Tuolomne County. That Caleb Dorsey, was a native of Maryland and traveled by steamer to California in 1850, where he was first a resident of Sawmill Flat, and then Sonoma. He was sometimes referred to as "the only Harvard man in the Gold Rush" and figures into the story of famed California bandit, Joaquin Murieta.