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Invasion of Santa Fe

Prince Park

 
 
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Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
1. Invasion of Santa Fe Marker
Inscription.  U.S. President James K. Polk assigned the invasion of New Mexico and California to General Stephen Watts Kearny, who marched the Army of the West into Santa Fe on August 18, 1846. Governor and Commanding General Manuel Armijo had publicly demanded resistance to U.S. invasion, but he and his troops retreated in the face of Kearny's 1,500-man army.

Soon New Mexicans took up arms. They were afraid that the Americans would take away their land, culture, and religion. Some incidents, such as a skirmish between a U.S. military patrol and New Mexicans southeast of Las Vegas, left men dead. An uprising in Taos by New Mexicans and Pueblo Indian men resulted in the death of the appointed governor, Charles Bent.

Symbolism of the Fort

Fort Marcy was never intended to be a permanent fortification. If needed, it was a place where troops could retreat, but its larger goal was to serve as a symbol of American military control. From the fort on the hill, all of Santa Fe was within gunshot.

The American military post and U.S. flag were constant reminders to the New Mexicans of a foreign military presence, but
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the center of military activity was at the Post of Santa Fe. Located between the fort and the Palace of the Governors, it included the hospital, gardens, storehouses, and headquarters.

Abandonment of the Fort

In November 1847, the artillery from Fort Marcy was moved to Army buildings closer to the plaza. In 1856, a traveler noted "the ruins of old Fort Marcy."
 
Erected by National Park Service, City of Santa Fe and State Historic Preservation Division.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, Mexican-American. A significant historical date for this entry is August 18, 1846.
 
Location. 35° 41.367′ N, 105° 55.897′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Kearney Avenue south of Prince Avenue. It is on a trail that leads to Cross of the Martyrs. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 Kearney Ave, Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Witnessed from Fort Marcy Hill (here, next to this marker); First Army Fort in the Southwest (here, next to this marker); The Blockhouse Ruins (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Historic Fort Marcy (within shouting distance of this marker); L. Bradford Prince (about
Invasion of Santa Fe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 12, 2021
2. Invasion of Santa Fe Marker
Marker is the farthest left of the four.
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); To the Future (about 400 feet away); 1985 (about 400 feet away); 1982 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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