“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Prunedale in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Battle of Natividad

Battle of Natividad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 16, 2010
1. Battle of Natividad Marker
Inscription. Combined American forces under Captains Charles D. Burrass (or Burroughs) and Bluford K. Thompson clashed with Comandante Manuel de Jesús Castro's Californians in this vicinity on November 16, 1846. Casualties on each side consisted of several men killed and wounded. The Americans saved a large herd of horses for Lt. Col. John C. Frémont, who then later proceeded south to participate in the Armistice at Cahuenga in January 1847.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 651

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Monterey County Historical Society and the County of Monterey, November 16, 1958. Rededicated by Monterey-Viejo No. 1846, E Clampus Vitus, October 29, 1983.
Erected 1958 by California State Park Commission, Monterey County Historical Society, County of Monterey. (Marker Number 651.)
Location. 36° 46.379′ N, 121° 36.217′ W. Marker is near Prunedale, California, in Monterey County. Marker is at the intersection of San Juan Grade Road and Crazy Horse Canyon Road on San Juan Grade Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salinas CA 93907, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as
Battle of Natividad Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, January 16, 2010
2. Battle of Natividad Marker - Wide View
the crow flies. Natividad (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fremont Peak (approx. 5.6 miles away); Fremont Peak Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); John Charles Fremont (approx. 5.6 miles away); San Juan Bautista WW II Veterans (approx. 6 miles away); Patrick and Margaret Breen (approx. 6 miles away); Campo Santo (approx. 6 miles away); Eugene Sherwood (approx. 6.1 miles away).
Also see . . .  Battle of Natividad, by the California State Military Museum. "The Battle of the Natividad (November 16, 1846). While San Juan Bautista was the marshaling area for Fremont’s forces, a scouting party of 50 men was attacked by a 15 man force of Mexican Californios on the Rancho Natividad in the Salinas Valley. The Californios were attempting to capture some horses. A battle ensued in which the Californio force killed 3 Americans and wounded seven. The Californios suffered no dead and 5 wounded. As a great number of American reinforcements approached, the Californios retreated as night fell.

The Native-American detachment fighting for the Americans fought aggressively and bravely, which the Californio force had not expected. This became known as the Battle of Natividad. The Battle of Natividad was important because although only a skirmish, the Americans were able to keep their horses and therefore deliver them in a timely manner to Colonel Fremont and his hard-pressed rifle battalions in Southern California."
(Submitted on January 19, 2010.) 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, Mexican-American
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