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Vernon in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Battle of La Mesa

La Batalla de La Mesa

 

—January 9th, 1847 —

 
The Battle of La Mesa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joe Castillo, October 11, 2015
1. The Battle of La Mesa Marker
Inscription.
First marker:
On this site was fought
La Batalla de La Mesa
Battle of La Mesa
January 9th, 1847
Commodore Robert Field Stockton U.S.N.
in command of American forces
and
General Jose Maria Flores
commanding the Californians


Second marker:
Sketch of the Battle of Los Angeles fought between the Americans and Mexicans Jan. 9, 1847
Copy of map in U.S. official records made by Lieut. Emory who was engaged in this battle.

 
Erected 1926 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Historical Society of Southern California, Union Pacific Railroad and Los Angeles Union Stock Yards. (Marker Number CHL 167.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 34° 0.297′ N, 118° 13.845′ W. Marker is in Vernon, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Santa Fe Avenue and E. Vernon Avenue, on the right when traveling south on S. Santa Fe Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4305 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
The Battle of La Mesa Monument image. Click for full size.
By Joe Castillo, October 11, 2015
2. The Battle of La Mesa Monument
flies. Apex / Club Alabam (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Downbeat Club (approx. 1.5 miles away); St. Vincent's Place (approx. 3.1 miles away); Japanese-American Soldiers (approx. 3.1 miles away); Chinese Cemetery Shrine (approx. 3.1 miles away); Spring Street (approx. 3.2 miles away); Oviatt Building (approx. 3.3 miles away); Bradbury Building (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This monument was originally erected on the property of the Union Stock Yards near the intersection of Exchange Avenue and Downey Road. As stock yards closed and the area became more industrialized, the monument was moved and then moved again to its present location in front of the City of Vernon City Hall. In more recent years it was replaced near its original location by a regular California Historic Landmark (CHL) plaque on a pathetic concrete monument, six inches tall, along the railroad right-of-way. This marker has since been stolen and that monument sits empty.

Union Pacific R.R. provided the boulders. Ramona Parlor #109 provided American and California Bear flags to fly over the site. The dedication ceremony began with the arrival of a stagecoach escorted by California vaqueros and was followed by a barbecue, provided by Union Stock Yards, music and dancing.
(Grizzly Bear, August 1926, pp32-33)
Plaque #3 (Lower left boulder) image. Click for full size.
By Joe Castillo, October 11, 2015
3. Plaque #3 (Lower left boulder)
Lieutenant Joseph Warren Revere U.S.N.
Late Brig. General U.S.A.

born May 17th, 1812 - Boston, Mass.
Grandson of Colonel Paul Revere of
American Revolution 1775-1783
(birth of American liberties)

Lowered Bear Flag and unfurled the Stars and Stripes
(end of the California Republic and birth of 31st state)
at
Sonoma, California, July 9th, 1846
by order of
Commodore John D. Sloat, U.S. Navy

 
Regarding The Battle of La Mesa. Even the casual observer will notice that this engagement is known by two names; The Battle of La Mesa and as The Battle of Los Angeles. This Battle of Los Angeles should not be confused with the somewhat comical episode of 24-25 February 1942 often known by the same name.
 
Categories. War, Mexican-American
 
Plaque #4 (Lower right boulder) image. Click for full size.
By Joe Castillo, October 11, 2015
4. Plaque #4 (Lower right boulder)
Commodore Robert Field Stockton U.S.N.
born Princeton, N.J. 1796 - Died 1866.

Governor and Commander in Chief of
American forces in California
from July 23rd, 1846 to January 16th, 1847.

Captured and first raised flag of U.S. at Los Angeles
August 13th, 1846
Recaptured Los Angeles January 10th, 1847.
Plaque #5 (Lower right boulder, around the side) image. Click for full size.
By Joe Castillo, October 11, 2015
5. Plaque #5 (Lower right boulder, around the side)
This monument
placed by order of
Native Sons of the Golden West
assisted by
Historical Society of Southern California
Union Pacific Railroad Company
Losa Angeles Union Stock Yards
The Grizzly Bear, Sept 1926, pp28 & 44 image. Click for full size.
By James King
6. The Grizzly Bear, Sept 1926, pp28 & 44
Announcement, description of the monument, account of the battle and biographical sketches of Stockton and Revere.
The Grizzly Bear, Oct 1926, pp15 & 55 image. Click for full size.
By James King
7. The Grizzly Bear, Oct 1926, pp15 & 55
After-action report
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 23, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California.   7. submitted on July 24, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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