What really happened at the Battle of San Pasqual? Come to OB Historical Society Presentation – Sept. 18th

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Richard L Carrico

Come to the OB Historical Society presentation, Thursday, September 18th for “the Battle of San Pasqual – Looking Through the Haze of Gunsmoke”  – featuring local historian Richard L Carrico.

Ever wonder what really happened at the Battle of San Pasqual on Dec.6-7, 1846? Who really won the battle between Andres Pico and the Californios and General Kearny and the American forces?

What was Kearny’s objective? How many men did he lose in the ill-fated skirmish? What was the role of the Kumeyaay at the village of San Pasqual and who was the mysterious Indian Andre who accompanied Kit Carson to seek reinforcements? How can you visit the site of the battle and learn more?

In the context of the overall events and battles of the Mexican War, the Battle of San Pasqual that occurred on December 6-7, 1846 in San Diego County played a relatively minor role.

In the history of California, however, and especially the history of southern California, the battle is of importance because of the military and political leaders involved (both Californio and American), the involvement of local Native American people (primarily Kumeyaay/Ipai and Luiseño), the fact that the sites of the engagements can still be visited, and the placement of the battle in the subtext of California’s cultural history and that history’s diversity.

Attend this free program.  It will be at 7pm and held at the P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

Richard L. Carrico, of the Department of American Indian Studies SDSU.

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Frank Gormlie September 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

The U.S. “official” history of the battle is that we won. But the facts tell something else and I know Richard Carrico will set the record straight. I’ve read his book and if you want to know anything about San Diego’s County historical treatment of Native Americans, it’s for you.


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