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Napa in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Fremont's Crossing

 
 
Fremont's Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 22, 2020
1. Fremont's Crossing Marker
Inscription.  
Historic Site

Here, on July 6, 1846, 160 mounted riflemen volunteers under the Bear Flag Republic Banner crossed the Napa estuary, led by Captain, U.S. Army, John C. Fremont and U.S. Marine Lt. Archibald H. Gillespie. To gain California's independence, they rode to Monterey, where Commodore Robert F. Stockton enlisted them as a U.S. naval battalion. On January 13, 1847, at Cahuenga Pass near Los Angeles, the Californio insurgents capitulated to Fremont's Battalion, thus sparking events leading to California's becoming the 31st state of the Union.
 
Erected 2009 by Napa County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Mexican-American.
 
Location. 38° 17.892′ N, 122° 17.078′ W. Marker is in Napa, California, in Napa County. Marker is on Main Street north of Third Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Napa CA 94559, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Napa County Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Oberon Saloon

Fremont's Crossing Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 22, 2020
2. Fremont's Crossing Marker - wide view
(within shouting distance of this marker); Napa Courthouse Flag Staff (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Semorile Building (about 400 feet away); Winship Building 1888 (about 400 feet away); Napa Valley Railroad (about 500 feet away); Napa - Birthplace of the Loudspeaker and the Magnavox Corp. (about 500 feet away); Napa's China Town / Shuck Chan (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Napa.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to the base of the flagpole at the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Captain John Charles Fremont and the Bear Flag Revolt. California Military Museum entry (Submitted on July 23, 2020.) 

2. California Battalion (Wikipedia). "The California Battalion (also called the first California Volunteer Militia and U.S. Mounted Rifles) was formed during the Mexican–American War (1846–1848) in present-day California, United States. It was led by U.S. Army brevet lieutenant colonel John C. Fremont and composed of his cartographers, scouts and hunters and the California Volunteer Militia formed after the Bear Flag Revolt. The battalion's formation was officially authorized by Commodore Robert F. Stockton, commanding
A contemporary heroic depiction of John C. Fremont image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, Unknown
3. A contemporary heroic depiction of John C. Fremont
officer of the U.S. Navy Pacific Squadron." (Submitted on July 23, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on December 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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