“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Henry Morris Naglee

Henry Morris Naglee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
1. Henry Morris Naglee Marker
Brigadier General United States Volunteers
Lieutenant Colonel United States Army
A Citizen of San Jose
Born 1815 Settled in California 1847 Died 1886
This monument commemorates his service to the Country in the Mexican and Civil Wars. His public spirit in promoting the welfare of this city and valley. His leadership in the development of agriculture and his efforts to secure commercial freedom for the people of California
Erected 1999.
Location. 37° 20.301′ N, 121° 53.431′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on East Saint John Street west of North 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Monument is located at the southern edge of St. James Park. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95113, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Trinity Episcopal Church
Henry Morris Naglee Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
2. Henry Morris Naglee Monument
(within shouting distance of this marker); Labor Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); St. James Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eagles Hall (about 400 feet away); Main Post Office (about 400 feet away); First Unitarian Church (about 400 feet away); Letitia Building (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
Regarding Henry Morris Naglee. Henry Naglee was born in Philadelphia on January 15, 1815. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1835 and was assigned to the 5th Infantry. On December 31, of that same year he resigned his commission and became a civil engineer.
At the beginning of the War with Mexico he returned to military service and on August 15, 1846 he became a Captain in the 1st New York Volunteers and in 1849 he became the first Commanding Officer of the 1st California Guards. He
Henry Morris Naglee image. Click for full size.
3. Henry Morris Naglee
later returned to civilian life and ventured in banking in San Francisco until the outbreak of the Civil War.
He returned to the military and was reappointed in the United States Army with a rank of Lieutenant-Colonel with the 16th Infantry on May 14, 1861. He never joined his regiment and resigned on January 10, 1862 and on February 4, 1862 he was reappointed in the volunteer service with the rank of Brigadier-General.
He participated in defending Washington in 1862 and also participated in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, being wounded at Fair Oaks. He later led a division in the Department of North Carolina and in the Department of the South at St. Helena Island. In 1863 he commanded the 7th Army Corp and the District of Virginia. On April 4. 1864 he was then mustered out of the military.
He returned to San Francisco and continued his banking ventures. At this time he also engaged in growing grapes for the production of wine. His vineyards in San Jose included more than fifty acres, and was devoted chiefly to the cultivation of Riesling and Charbonneau grapes, from which the Naglee brandy is made.
Also see . . .
1. Henry Morris Maglee
Detail of Henry Morris Naglee Relief on Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
4. Detail of Henry Morris Naglee Relief on Monument
. A short discription of his contributions to the Santa Clara Valley (Submitted on April 28, 2010.) 

2. The “Dark Side” of Henry M. Maglee. The story behind two infamous love scandals. (Submitted on April 28, 2010.) 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, Mexican-AmericanWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 875 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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