A collection containing letters,
documents, illustrations and three maps related to Fort Sutter, Northern
Fort Sutter was a settlement on the Sacramento River in Northern California; it was founded
in 1839 by Swiss emigrant John A. Sutter and Sutter's Fort became a center of trading
activity in California. During the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846 Edward Meyer Kern, a young
artist and draftsman from Philadelphia, was a member of John C. Frémont's 3rd Exploring
Expedition from 1845 to 1846; Kern was later appointed first lieutenant of the California
Battalion and placed in charge of Fort Sutter. The fort served as a focal point for military
operations during the revolt. After the annexation of California by the United States, Kern
returned home, then later joined Frémont's 4th Exploring Expedition with his brothers and
was a member of the Simpson and Sitgreaves Expeditions in the Southwest.
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