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Green Mountain Gold & Silver Mining Co. Stock Certificate, Nevada Territory Issued to N.A. Chandler

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Green Mountain Gold & Silver Mining Co. Stock Certificate, Nevada Territory Issued to N.A. Chandler
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A very rare mining stock with wonderful ties to territorial Nevada history! Silver Star District (printed upper left), Storey County, N.T. (printed lower left). Incorporated Sept. 21, 1863. Low No. 9, issued for 25 shares to N.A. Chandler on October 13th, 1863. in San Francisco. Signed by J.W. Haskin, president, and N.G. French, secretary. Not cancelled. Two vignettes: surface mine workings (top center) and woman (left). Two revenue stamps (20 and 5 cent) attached. Folds, light wear. Printer obscured by stamp. Not in Filer or other Holabird indexes. Listed in the 1864 Collins Comstock directory with French as secretary and office at 426 Montgomery St. in San Francisco. The Silver Star District was located east of Virginia City. It was later renamed the Brunswick District after the Brunswick Lode and then renamed again as the Comstock District.

N.A. Chandler is listed in Collins as being the superintendent of the Lady Bird Mine and living at 60 South C. Street in Virginia City. He is best known for his letters from the California Gold Rush and Nevada Territory to his wife, Jane. When one reads the synopsis of the letters he seems to be always telling Jane he is ready to come home. He never quite seems to make it! In California he worked in the Northern mines, spending much of his time while in California at the Alpha and Omega diggings, where he owned several mining claims, participated as a partner in several quartz mills, and helped dig water distribution ditches that would directly influence the feasibility of hydraulic mining operations.



He was one of the early arrivals to the Comstock. The Utah Territorial Records show that he was involved with the 'Chandler Claim' as early as April 17, 1860. That puts him arriving in Virginia City just about the time of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian War in 1860. In the first battle a group of untrained miners decided to teach the 'Savages' a lesson after they killed two white men (not without provocation). After marching several days they came upon the Indians. The white broke ranks and charged helter skelter. The Indians with bows and arrows were disciplined and it is estimated that 76 whites died and less than a handful of Indians.



Chandler seems to have barely survived the second battle that was made up of soldiers from California and volunteers. One of his letters (June 19, 1860) is about the retaking of the first battle ground and the discovery of Captain Storey's body and his burial, which Chandler attended (Storey's gravesite sits in an empty field in a local Carson City neighborhood.) . He writes that General Haven and Colonel Jack Hayes came over with him to organize a force and "give them all a whipping."



While working on the Lady Bryan on the Comstock he was making very good money - $6,000 in one month! But the mining in the Comstock went south, he made some bad financial decisions and he lost his small fortune. By 1871 he writes from Eureka that he is working as a stone cutter. He never made it home and died in Eureka by his own hand. His obituary tells of his rather large debt and his sorrow of the death of his wife and son. Date: Location: Storey County, Nevada HWAC# 60614