Have you done any research on the California Confederate sympathizers who went to Mexico after the war ended?
Letter 61 (E. E. Watts to Margaret Watts Hays in MO)
"Mariposa Feburary the 20 1865
My Dear Dauter wonce more will try to write you a few lines, i have not recieved a letter for some time & have not wrote but i feel like i cant give up hope you will get this & that we may get leters regular, it is the greatest sattisfaction that i see on this earth is when i get a letter & hear you are alive & well, you & your little Children & all of friends & that are so kind to you I thank them a thousand times & hope tha will bee one of the great deeds that tha will bee rewarded for when thare will bee no more hard deaths, nor turning wimen and Children out of doors, i cant say what i want to say for i am greived at the Situation of the Cuntry evry where it apeares that there is treble & distrefs everywhare & everyone almost redy to moove, tha dont seem to apreciate thare homes like tha uste to do. thare is a greatet talk about Mexico(1) & a greate meny agoing, thare is but one family from our neighborhood but a greate meny men & if tha like there will bee a greate many next fall.
I found some information online several years ago but can't find it now. Apparently a group did go to Sonora, I think, but the colony failed after a few years. I would appreciate a reference if you have one.