Do you know when California became part of the United States?
California became part of the United States during the Mexican-American War.
On July 7,1847 the American Navy landed at Monterey. It was known as the Battle of Monterey, but the city was taken without any opposition.
Sloat became the first military governor of California, but he served less than a month before turning control over to Robert Stockton. Sloat had been the commander of the Pacific fleet and returned home after Stockton took over. Stockton later appointed John C. Fremont as governor. There were a total of seven military governors in just a few years.
Now for a personal connection to Sloat.
Last week I wrote a post, Helping Build West Point, about my 4th great-grandfather Adolphus Van Duzer.
John Drake Sloat was born in the Sloat house in Sloatsburg, New York. He was born after the death of his father who was accidentally shot by a sentry. The land where the Sloat house was built had been given as a wedding gift to Marritje Van Duzer by her father Isaac Van Duersen who had moved further north to Cornwall, New York.
The house was also used a couple times during the Revolutionary War as headquarters for General Washington.
It is always interesting to find connections to historical events while researching your family history.
The first two images in the post are from Wikipedia and are public domain.
The images of the Sloat Memorial and the Sloat House are from Google Street View.