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Finding Aid of the John Gallagher Papers C057967
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Gallagher, John Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: C057967
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder (1 application; 1 typescript, 34 pages)
    Date (inclusive): 1847-1849
    Abstract: Personal reminiscences of the War in Upper and Lower California between Americans and Mexican in 1847 to 1849. The bulk of the narrative takes place in Lower California. Includes colorful description of battles and actions. John Gallagher's personal story of when he fought against the Mexicans in the Mexican American War. He left his job as a blacksmith to join a volunteer army. From Anthology of John Gallagher. And also included is one printed application for membership to the Society of California Pioneers.
    creator: Gallagher, John, 1822-ca. 1903

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access

    Preferred Citation note

    John Gallagher Papers, The Society of California Pioneers


    Gift of John Gallagher, written on June 1, 1903 in conjunction with an application to join the SoCP.

    Biographical/Historical note

    The only available Biographical information is in the Reminiscences. Born in New York State, worked as a blacksmith. Came to California in 1847 as part of the New York Volunteers. From his application notes residence listed as Sebastopol, Sonoma Co, California. Occupation: General Farmer. Birthplace: Ireland. DOB: 1822. Age:81

    Scope and Contents note

    This 34 page typewritten manuscript was written by John Gallagher and is dated Sebastopol, Sonoma Co, California, June 21, 1903. It is accompanied by and application to join the Society of California Pioneers. The author joined Col Jonathan D. Stevenson's First New York Volunteers and sailed aboard the "Thomas H Perkins" around the Horn, entering San Francisco Bay in March of 1847. He was stationed initially in Santa Barbara and then sent to Los Angeles to support troops under John C. Fremont. On July 4, 1847 they were sent to La Paz, Lower California, where they were besieged by Mexican forces for 3 weeks. They rescued American prisoners held by the Mexicans in San Antonio with the help of Lt. Halleck (later General Halleck of the Civil War). The troop fought in the Battle of Todos Santos and carried dispatches to San Jose de Cabo San Lucas. After a period of 18 months, they returned to Monterey, CA to the news of discovery of Gold
    The Application to the Society of California Pioneers is dated October 17, 1903 and lists his residence as Sebastopol, Sonoma Co, California. Occupation: General Farmer. Birthplace: Ireland. DOB: 1822. Age:81

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth St, San Francisco, CA, 94107.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Society Institutional Records include: Archival Record, vol. 7, and Autobiography and Reminiscence, vol. 8 (digital version online at OAC)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California--San Francisco (county)--San Francisco
    Mexican War, 1846-1848--California.
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Societies, etc.