"named Couts"

Cave Johnson Couts was 27 in 1849 when, as an army lieutenant, he was ordered to serve occupation duty following the recent war with Mexico.  At first detailed to Los Angeles, Couts later traveled to San Diego to assist joint Mexican and American efforts to survey a new boundary line between Upper and Lower California.

Cave Couts left behind a multitude of diaries, notebooks, and letters which give an important picture of mid-19th century southern California.