Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Antonio M. De LaGuerra 1825 – ‘81
Erected 1963 by The Yerba Buena Chapter Number One, E. Clampus Vitus, October 8, 1963.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 38° 3.008′ N, 122° 9.54′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Marker is located at the flag pole on the grounds of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 West G Street, Benicia CA 94510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founders of Benicia (here, next to this marker); Robert Semple (here, next to this marker); Old State Capitol (here, next to this marker); Fischer-Hanlon House (a few steps from this marker); The Bohn Building (within shouting distance Solano Hotel (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Masonic Hall Built in California (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benicia.
Also see . . . 1st Battalion Of Native Cavalry, California Volunteers. Recruitment of vaqueros from the vast ranches in the southern part of the state-the so-called "cow counties"-did not begin until early 1864. A drought had devastated many of the old ranches in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and even the prominent de la Guerra family was forced to sell much of its vast holdings. Newly unemployed ranch hands from the area formed the core of Company C, recruited by Capt. Antonio Maria de la Guerra. State Senator Ramon J. Hill, a secessionist elected from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, lamented the choice of de la Guerra, pointing out that he "does not even write fluently in his own language, knows not one word of English, knows not what figures are-but is an experienced horseman." Still, even Hill later admitted that "the men will not be kept together for any other captain." (Submitted on February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,096 times since then. Last updated on August 11, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 1, 2009, by Terry W. Chaffee of Carlsbad, California.