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

Antonio M. De LaGuerra 1825 – 81

 
 
Antonio M. De LaGuerra 1825 – 81 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
1. Antonio M. De LaGuerra 1825 – 81 Marker
Inscription. This tablet dedicated to his memory. He was State Senator 1852-1853; Mayor of Santa Barbara, Captain of California Volunteers serving in Arizona during the Civil War 1861-1865. He was a loyal member of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E. Clampus Vitus.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is located at the flag pole on the grounds of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 West G Street, Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
 
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 of this marker); Solano Hotel (about
Antonio M. De LaGuerra 1825 – 81 Marker is the Second From the Left image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
2. Antonio M. De LaGuerra 1825 – 81 Marker is the Second From the Left
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.) 
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsMilitaryNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Close-Up of Artwork on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
3. Close-Up of Artwork on Marker
Close-Up of Artwork on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
4. Close-Up of Artwork on Marker
Capt. Antonio Maria de la Guerra image. Click for more information.
circa 1864
5. Capt. Antonio Maria de la Guerra
Baptized name: Antonio Maria de Alta Gracia Francisco Remigio de la Guerra.
10-02-1825 Mission Santa Barbara, Alta CA to 11-28-1881 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Co., CA.
Capt. 1st Battalion Native California Calvary, Co. C from Santa Barbara. All volunteer unit.
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Capt. Antonio Maria de la Guerra Memorial Stone image. Click for full size.
By Alex Grzywacki, Jr. Commander SUVCW, project researcher locating Company C veterans, circa 2007
6. Capt. Antonio Maria de la Guerra Memorial Stone
Location: Cieneguitas Catholic Cemetery, [Old La Patera District of Santa Barbara], Hope Street, Santa Barbara, CA.
Capt. Antonio Maria de la Guerra Memorial at Cieneguitas Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Alex Grzywacki, Jr. Commander SUVCW, project researcher locating Company C veterans, 2007
7. Capt. Antonio Maria de la Guerra Memorial at Cieneguitas Cemetery
Some of the veterans of 1st Battalion Native California Cavalry were buried at this site. No records have been found regarding the location of each person buried here, including the veterans, just dates of death and the cemetery at the time of death. Many people were involved in salvaging the cemetery and lots of hard work went into clearing a good portion of it. Especially the Sons of Union Volunteers of the Civil War [SUVCW Camp #28 William T. Sherman] of Santa Barbara.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,013 times since then and 42 times this year. 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.
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