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San Jose (California, United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
oy's ranch. The next day we passed Murphy's, San Jose, and Santa Clara Mission, camping some four ms producing horses and cattle. The pueblo of San Jose was a string of low adobe-houses festooned wiong line of poplar-trees lining the road from San Jose to Santa Clara bespoke a former period when tmine, the New Almaden, twelve miles south of San Jose, was well known, and was in possession of theI, with a couple of soldiers, went along. At San Jose the Governor held some kind of a court, in whinvolved in the lawsuit before the alcalde at San Jose was, first, whether the mine was or was not ot date there was no public house or tavern in San Jose where we could stop, so we started toward San in general, and the result of the contest in San Jose in particular. Mason was relating to Ruckel lameda Creek, and so on to the old mission of San Jose; thence to the pueblo of San Jose, where FolsSan Jose, where Folsom and those belonging in Yerba Buena went in that direction, and we continued on to Monterey, our p[2 more...]
Ohio (Ohio, United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
drips from the leaves of the trees, and is conducted to the Madre fountain by miles of tile gutters. Halleck and I continued our ascent of the mountain, catching from points of the way magnificent views of the scenery round about Rio Janeiro. We reached near the summit what was called the emperor's coffee-plantation, where we saw coffee-berries in their various stages, and the scaffolds on which the berries were dried before being cleaned. The coffee-tree reminded me of the red haw-tree of Ohio, and the berries were somewhat like those of the same tree, two grains of coffee being inclosed in one berry. These were dried and cleaned of the husk by hand or by machinery. A short, steep ascent from this place carried us to the summit, from which is beheld one of the most picturesque views on earth. The Organ Mountains to the west and north, the ocean to the east, the city of Rio with its red-tiled houses at our feet, and the entire harbor like a map spread out, with innumerable bright
Clarks Point (California, United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
went to their people at Salt Lake, with all the money received, as pay from the United States, invested in cattle and breeding-horses; one company reenlisted for another year, and the remainder sought work in the country. As soon as the fame of the gold discovery spread through California, the Mormons naturally turned to Mormon Island, so that in July, 1848, we found about three hundred of them there at work. Sam Brannan was on hand as the high-priest, collecting the tithes. Clark, of Clark's Point, one of the elders, was there also, and nearly all the Mormons who had come out in the Brooklyn, or who had staid in California after the discharge of their battalion, as herein related. I recall the scene as perfectly to-day as though it were yesterday. In the midst of a broken country, all parched and dried by the hot sun of July, sparsely wooded with live-oaks and straggling pines, lay the valley of the American River, with its bold mountain-stream coming out of the Snowy Mountains
Governors Island (New York, United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
ield, William Churchill, Joseph Stewart, and Surgeon McLaren. The country now known as Texas had been recently acquired, and war with Mexico was threatening. One of our companies (Bragg's), with George H. Thomas, John F. Reynolds, and Frank Thomas, had gone the year previous and was at that time with General Taylor's army at Corpus Christi, Texas. In that year (1846) I received the regular detail for recruiting service, with orders to report to the general superintendent at Governor's Island, New York; and accordingly left Fort Moultrie in the latter part of April, and reported to the superintendent, Colonel R. B. Mason, First Dragoons, at New York, on the 1st day of May. I was assigned to the Pittsburg rendezvous, whither I proceeded and relieved Lieutenant Scott. Early in May I took up my quarters at the St. Charles Hotel, and entered upon the discharge of my duties. There was a regular recruiting-station already established, with a sergeant, corporal, and two or three men
Branciforte (California, United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
ike a fish-hook, the barb being the harbor, the point being Point Pinos, the southern headland. Slowly the land came out of the water, the high mountains about Santa Cruz, the low beach of the Salinas, and the strongly-marked ridge terminating in the sea in a point of dark pine-trees. Then the line of whitewashed houses of adobed to show fraud, the Governor (Mason) did not interfere. At that date there was no public house or tavern in San Jose where we could stop, so we started toward Santa Cruz and encamped about ten miles out, to the west of the town, where we fell in with another party of explorers, of whom Ruckel, of San Francisco, was the head; andey, and counted the number of guns from the white puffs of smoke, but could not hear the sound. That night we slept on piles of wheat in a mill at Soquel, near Santa Cruz, and, our supplies being short, I advised that we should make an early start next morning, so as to reach the ranch of Don Juan Antonio Vallejo, a particular fr
Mormon Island (California, United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
nd, in twenty-five miles of as hot and dusty a ride as possible, we reached Mormon Island. I have heretofore stated that the gold was first found in the tail-race of the saw-mill at Coloma, forty miles above Sutter's Fort, or fifteen above Mormon Island, in the bed of the American Fork of the Sacramento River. It seems that Sufound farther down-stream, and they gradually prospected until they reached Mormon Island, fifteen miles below, where they discovered one of the richest placers on ee gold discovery spread through California, the Mormons naturally turned to Mormon Island, so that in July, 1848, we found about three hundred of them there at work.we were shown many specimens of gold, of a coarser grain than that found at Mormon Island. The next day we crossed the American River to its north side, and visitedm. We found there pretty much the same state of facts as before existed at Mormon Island and Coloma, and we daily received intelligence of the opening of still othe
Alleghany Mountains (United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
ends there quite often. In the latter part of May, when at Wheeling, Virginia, on my way back from Zanesville to Pittsburg, I heard the first news of the battle of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, which occurred on the 8th and 9th of May, and, in common with everybody else, felt intensely excited. That I should be on recruiting service, when my comrades were actually fighting, was intolerable, and I hurried on to my post, Pittsburg. At that time the railroad did not extend west of the Alleghanies, and all journeys were made by stage-coaches. In this instance I traveled from Zanesville to Wheeling, thence to Washington (Pennsylvania), and thence to Pittsburg by stage-coach. On reaching Pittsburg I found many private letters; one from Ord, then a first-lieutenant in Company F, Third Artillery, at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, saying that his company had just received orders for California, and asking me to apply for it. Without committing myself to that project, I wrote to the Adjuta
Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
ay, when at Wheeling, Virginia, on my way back from Zanesville to Pittsburg, I heard the first news of the battle of Palo Alto and Resaca de actually fighting, was intolerable, and I hurried on to my post, Pittsburg. At that time the railroad did not extend west of the Alleghaniee to Wheeling, thence to Washington (Pennsylvania), and thence to Pittsburg by stage-coach. On reaching Pittsburg I found many private lettePittsburg I found many private letters; one from Ord, then a first-lieutenant in Company F, Third Artillery, at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, saying that his company had just receive me for leaving my post without orders, and told me to go back to Pittsburg. I then asked for an order that would entitle me to transportatitically refused, but at last he gave the order, and I returned to Pittsburg, all the way by stage, stopping again at Lancaster, where I attent orders increasing the number of recruiting-stations. I reached Pittsburg late in June, and found the order relieving me from recruiting se
Yerba Buena (California, United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
gular expresses, we heard occasionally from Yerba Buena and Sutter's Fort to the north, and from thi-monthly courier line was established from Yerba Buena to San Diego, and we were thus enabled to koney for property in such a horrid place as Yerba Buena, especially ridiculing his quarter of the c8. I had occasion to make several trips to Yerba Buena and back, and in the spring of 1848 Coloneld gold. Some of this gold began to come to Yerba Buena in trade, and to disturb the value of merche started by the usually traveled route for Yerba Buena. There Captain Folsom and two citizens joie mouth of the bay was known universally as Yerba Buena; but that name was not known abroad, althoulized world. Now, some of the chief men of Yerba Buena, Folsom, Howard, Leidesdorf, and others, kneir contents, and were anchored in front of Yerba Buena, the first town. Captains and crews desertn Jose, where Folsom and those belonging in Yerba Buena went in that direction, and we continued on[10 more...]
San Francisco (California, United States) (search for this): volume 1, chapter 3
that time (July, 1847), what is now called San Francisco was called Yerba Buena. A naval officer, xican War. Major Hardie still commanded at San Francisco and above; Company F, Third Artillery, andr the other had to go, and Ricord left for San Francisco, where he arrived while Colonel Mason and her party of explorers, of whom Ruckel, of San Francisco, was the head; and after supper, as we sat his fortune, which is still very large in San Francisco. That evening we all mingled freely with t that name was not known abroad, although San Francisco was familiar to the whole civilized world.ouncil, changed the name of Yerba Buena to San Francisco. Dr. Semple was outraged at their changinces on the Carquinez Straits. The name of San Francisco, however, fixed the city where it now is; om any part of the world, knew the name of San Francisco, but not Yerba Buena or Benicia; and, accoour rations in kind from the commissary at San Francisco, who sent them up to us by a boat; and we [4 more...]
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