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Near Springville in Tulare County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Battle Mountain

 
 
Battle Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 20, 2005
1. Battle Mountain Marker
Inscription. A long period of unrest between the settlers and Indians of Tulare County erupted in war during the Spring of 1856. Untrue reports that five hundred head of cattle had been stolen in Frazier Valley and the burning of the Orson K. Smith sawmill aroused the local settlers. A group of volunteers under the command of Foster DeMasters located a party of over seven hundred Indians in fortified positions on the cone shaped mountain in the valley below. Unable to breach the Indian defenses on their own, the volunteers sent for help. A second company of Tulare County Volunteers under Sheriff W. G. Poindexter, miners from Keysville on the Kern River, settlers from as far north as Merced and Mariposa and Army detachments from Fort Tejon and Fort Miller responded. Captain Livingston of Fort Miller assumed overall command of a combined force estimated at three to four hundred men. Unable to withstand assault by this combined force and their Army howitzer, the Indians disappeared into the pine forest above you. Reports indicate three settlers were wounded and several Indians were killed. Dedicated October 20, 1990 Dr Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855 of E Clampus Vitus
 
Erected 1990 by Dr. Samuel Gregg George Chapter 1855, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series.
Battle Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 20, 2005
2. Battle Mountain Marker
This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 26.8′ N, 118° 52.967′ W. Marker is near Springville, California, in Tulare County. Marker is on Balch Park Road (Route 296) 18.1 miles east of County Highway 190, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45550 Balch Park Road, Springville CA 93265, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Middle Fork Canyon (approx. 9.9 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 10 miles away); For the Good of the Giants (approx. 10.2 miles away); Cattle Cabin (approx. 11.2 miles away); General Sherman Tree (approx. 11.8 miles away); Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks (approx. 13.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the narrow bumpy Balch Park Road 18 miles East of Springville, and 7 miles from the nearest crossroads (Yokuhl Road).
 
Regarding Battle Mountain. In the early days of Tulare County, the combined forces of Fresno County, Kern County, and Tulare County all banded together to confront the local Native Americans for their perceived wrongdoings. Up to this time, the settlers and locals had lived in conflict, but not to the point of war.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Battle Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 14, 2010
3. Battle Mountain Marker
Picture taken from across the road. Three members of E Clampus Vitus walking up to view the marker.
Valley Behind the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, August 14, 2010
4. Valley Behind the Marker
A view of the valley and distant mountains behind the marker. It is unknown if this is the "conical mountain" referred to on the marker. Many bushes and trees block the view that was once open when the marker was dedicated in 1990.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 2,243 times since then and 154 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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