Charles Southard was an original member of the Gregg Party. He was alone with Josiah Gregg when Gregg died. Southard continued to visit the area of Northern California over several years to build a community and search for gold.
Charles Southard was never able to find the gold he sought. He built a brewery just outside of the city limits of New Opportunity where he makes a wicked Applejack. Sheriff Truesdale suspected Southard of numerous crimes but was unable pin anything on him until the discovery of Josiah Gregg’s journal. After a violent gunfight, Charles Southard was found guilty of murder and hung for his crimes.