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Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman

 
 
Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 23, 2010
1. Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman Marker
Inscription.
Quarters of
General William Tecumseh Sherman
Lieutenant Quartermaster and
Adjustant General
1847 • 1849

 
Location. 36° 35.873′ N, 121° 53.768′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is at the intersection of Calle Principal and Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling north on Calle Principal. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 464 Calle Principal, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Larkin House (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Larkin House (a few steps from this marker); 19th Century Sailing Ship's Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker); House of Four Winds (within shouting distance of this marker); Chestnut Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Casa Amesti (within shouting distance of this marker); Moon Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Juan Bautista Alvarado (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sherman Quarterrs. Sherman's quarters are part of Monterey State Historic Park. The California
Front Door to Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 23, 2010
2. Front Door to Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman
The marker is mounted to the immediate right of the door. The marker was likely installed between 1925 and 1936, as a 1925 photo of the building (not shown here) shows no marker visible, while the HABS 1936 shot (next photo) shows a marker looking very much like this one.
State Department of Parks and Recreation's webpage for the building reads in part: "This attractive, small adobe, a favorite for photographers, was built in 1834 by Thomas Oliver Larkin and has changed little from its construction. Larkin made this adobe available as a service to U.S. troops during the U.S. occupation of California. In 1847, it was the quarters of Lieutenant William T. Sherman who was in charge of troops constructing a fort on the site of today's Presidio Military Reservation. Sherman would eventually achieve the rank of General in the American Civil War. The Sherman Quarters building is situated in the gardens of Larkin House...." (Submitted on July 23, 2010.) 

2. William T. Sherman and Early California History. "In chapter II of his memoirs, Sherman describes life in Upper California, and tells of his experiences at Monterey, his visit to the newly-named San Francisco, and the last of the Mexican War fought in Lower California. Sherman’s adventures in California began in January 1847, after a long trip around the Horn to Monterey." (Submitted on July 23, 2010.) 

3. William Sherman Letters. From Sherman's letter to his brother John, dated April 18, 1848 and written in Monterey:
My Dear Brother: . . . We are here perfectly banished. Occasionally a vessel comes up from the Sandwich Islands and other parts in the Pacific, but now that the first excitement
Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman image. Click for full size.
By Robert W. Kerrigan, May 13, 1936
3. Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman
The above 1936 photo is provided courtesy of the Historic American Building Survey. The Survey's supplemental information for the building reads, "Built in 1834 by Thomas O. Larkin, US Consul, during the Mexican regime, and occupied by Lt. William T. Sherman 1847 to 1849. General Halleck also headquartered here. From 1849 to 1855 accessed to Jacob P. Leese."
has worn off, California is fast settling into its original and deserved obscurity. Military law is supreme here, and the way we ride down the few lawyers who have ventured to come here is curious. We have no courts here but the Alcalde Courts, and no laws save the Articles of War and the Regulations of Police, and yet a more quiet community could not exist. The lawyers are rampant; they came here to make money, and there are no courts, and the Governor won't make any, because the coming of lawyers to California is a bad omen. . . .
(Submitted on July 23, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable EventsNotable PersonsWar, Mexican-American
 
Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 23, 2010
4. Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman Marker
Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
5. Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman Marker
The rear of the General William Tecumseh Sherman quarters.
Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
6. Quarters of General William Tecumseh Sherman Marker
An old cannon hidden in the bushes along the street out front.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 819 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on April 1, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 23, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   5, 6. submitted on March 28, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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