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
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 (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.