newspaper business. Before the Beacon, he had edited The Daily California American, The Daily Bee, * The Weekly California Express*, the Daily National Democrat, The San Francisco Evening Journal, and The San Francisco Herald.*
Ridge was a Union Democrat. He was pro-slavery and for states' rights, but he believed in preserving the Union at all costs, even war. He styled his paper a weekly journal devoted to politics, literature, education, agriculture, and general intelligence. He promised that the Beacon would be Democratic in the broadest sense of the term and would "show no favor to that blackest of all treason against the Federal union, the Republican Party." He would not denounce the war, nor uphold Northern opponents of the Constitution who wanted to subjugate the Southern states to free the slaves. Much of his news was Union Democratic and other political news, and his editorials followed the line he had outlined at the first.
As editor of The San Francisco Herald, he had produced some editorials about the role of the Cherokees and other Southern tribes in the war. Here, he reprinted articles about them, defended the role of Elias Boudinot and the Ridges in Cherokee history, and accused John Ross, chief of the Cherokees, of having money invested in the North. He was, after all, married to a Northern woman. When Ross left the Cherokee Nation and sought refuge in the Northeast, Ridge accused Ross of leaving considerable property in the Cherokee Nation, knowing that it would be seized and laying the groundwork for a lucrative claim against the government. It was apparent that Ridge's long-standing hate for Ross, dating to 1839, was still strong.
Ridge's last issue of the Beacon was October 9, 1862, after which Fisher returned to the editor's chair.
Index Sources: None
Location Sources: Gregory. Microprint: Library Microfilms
Title and Title Changes: The Red Bluff Beacon ( 1857- 1864)
Volume and Issue Data: The Red Bluff Beacon (Vol. 1, No. 1, March 25, 1857-Vol. 6, No. 31, October 16, 1862)
Publisher and Place of Publication: S. D. Clark and Thomas Blanton ( 1857), Blanton