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Sentinel Of Time
Vigilance of San Francisco
Laurent Deroy's birdseye view of San Francisco painted around the time of our story.
The city's founding Mission, San Francisco de Asis in 1850, popularly named "Dolores" by the locals after a nearby lagoon. The mission by this time had been "secularized" and allowed to decay into oblivion, abandoned for the new cathedrals springing up throughout the city. Watercolor by J. W. Ward, Oakland Museum.
Steamer Day. Lithograph by E. Jump depicting the excitement and chaos of a steamer's arrival from the East.
The hills of Mt. Diablo just east of San Francisco. A setting typical for many scenes in Part II.
The "inciting incident" of the Vigilance Committee and our story, depicted during the the opening main title "montage" sequence: the politically motivated shooting of Evening Bulletin editor, James King by the notorious Election Supervisor, James P. Casey.
William Tell Coleman, President of the San Francisco Vigilance Committees of 1851 and 1856. Under his leadership, all 8,000 committee members were known only by their rank and joining number (Secretary 33, Sergeant 323), and absolute power and secrecy were demanded.
An early gathering of vigilante volunteers at Portsmouth Square in May, 1856
The Masonic "secret society" influence evident in both the Great Seal and Vigilance Committee emblems. The Latin across the top means, "Let justice be done though the heavens fall"
The "midnight spectacle" execution of James Casey and Charles Cora depcited in the final scene of Part I.
The "Grand Disbandment Parade" after the sudden and inexplicable decision was made to relinquish power back to the state.
"Ft. Gunnybags," headquarters to the most successful citizen coup in American history, located on Sacramento street between Davis and Front streets.
The meticulously organized surprise coup of the city on the bright Sunday morning of May 18, 1856.
Two of the "criminals" who would be heroes.
The historical fugitive Judge Edward "Ned" McGowan, the victim of the first successful campaign against an individual U.S. citizen by a controlled, unified press eager to punish any who would not go along with its agenda.
What Sister Maria Dominica would probably look like in our story.