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Capt Antonio Maria de Altagracia Francisco Remigio de la Guerra

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Capt Antonio Maria de Altagracia Francisco Remigio de la Guerra

  • Birth 2 Oct 1825 Mission, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
  • Death 28 Nov 1881 Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
  • Burial La Patera, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
  • Plot No Plot #'s @ Cieneguitas
  • Memorial ID 29711256

Per Californians and the Military; CAPTAIN ANTONIO MARIA DE LA GUERRA
by Edson T. Strobridge:
"Don Antonio, the youngest de la Guerra son, was born in 1825 and was educated by mission padres with his formal education in a Chilean College where he spent several years. He became secretary to the ayuntamiento, or city council, of Santa Barbara, in 1849 at the age of 24. In 1853 he served in the California Senate, and in 1857 was appointed Adjutant General for the Santa Barbara District of the militia. He served as Mayor of Santa Barbara and several terms on the County Board of Supervisors, during one of which he was elected Chairman. His photograph as County Supervisor hangs in the hall on the fourth floor at 105 East Anapamu Street. On July 27, 1864, he entered the United States Military service as captain of Company C, 1st Battalion, Native California Cavalry with 99 Cavalry Volunteers he had organized among the native people of Santa Barbara, to "serve three years or the duration of the war." After the company's cavalry training at Drum Barracks at Wilmington in southern California and under orders from his superiors, he led his company against hostile Indians in Arizona. While in the service he fell sick with fever and was disabled for active duty. He returned to Santa Barbara ahead of his company in February 1866 after nearly two years of service, and was mustered out April 2nd of that year with his men, who by this time had been returned to Drum Barracks. His health deteriorated so much that he became paralyzed for about a year, losing the use of his limbs, and suffered greatly during the last years of his life. He died on November 28, 1881, at the age of 56 years and was buried at the La Patera Cemetery located in the Goleta District on the Goleta Road [Hollister Avenue]. The cause of his death has been variously reported as having died of cancer of the jaw or paralysis of the heart, but more than likely he died of mercury poisoning. Captain Antonio Maria de la Guerra left no family, never having married. The final tragedy to the ending of the life of this famous member of the Santa Barbara de la Guerra family who contributed so much to the history of California and especially to Santa Barbara resulted after his death. There has been no official record found to date as to the location of Captain de la Guerra's grave and as a result his place of honor in Santa Barbara's history has been nearly forgotten. The burial records of the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish of Santa Barbara (1873-1912) record Antonio Maria de la Guerra as "burial #461" at the time the Cieneguitas/La Patera cemetery on Hollister Ave. was the most active Catholic burial grounds in the Parish. No mention of his having been buried with his family at the Old Mission or at any other location was made leaving researchers to draw their conclusion that he was in fact buried at this long abandoned cemetery. Over the last 100 years the Cienequitas/La Patera has become a neglected, vandalized and forgotten hillside cemetery, now abandoned, located on Hollister Avenue in the Goleta District of Santa Barbara not far from Modoc Road. There remains today only two headstones from the more than 800 graves remaining in this long forgotten cemetery, the remainder have been destroyed by fire, plowed over, stolen or broken up. The cemetery's location is no longer identified and is unknown except to a few and is a weed-covered abandoned 4.72 acre hillside located on a major thorough fare of the City. Eighteen members of the military company Capt. de la Guerra raised to support the National Government during the Civil War are still buried there. None of these California Civil War veteran's military graves are any longer marked or identified and the locations are unknown to this day. Until recently Capt. de la Guerra was thought to have been buried among them."
NOTE: Since this was written, Captain Antonio de la Guerra was found to have been buried at Cieneguitas Cemetery, through records that have been recovered. His exact burial space is unknown but the SUVCW Camp #28 [Tecumsah Sherman Camp, Santa Barbara] and volunteers have cleaned up the cemetery and are re-issuing Army Headstones for the 1st Battalion Caliornia Native Cavalry, Company C veterans who have been proven to have been buried there. Thanks to the late Edson T. Strobridge

Per Baptism Records,
Antonio Maria de alta Gracia Francisco Remigio de la Guerra was baptized 02 October 1825 Mission Presidio Santa Barbara #00703. Father stated as Jose de la Guerra y Noriega, military status capitan y comandante de este Presidio. Mother stated as Maria Antonia Carrillo, baptized Mission San Gabriel #01341X. Godparents are Maria Josefa Carrillo and Carlos Antonio Carrillo. Officiant and Recorder is Antonio Ripoll.

Per 1850 U.S. Federal census Antonio Maria de la Guerra is living in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, born abt 1827 California Son

Per 1860 U.S. Federal census Antonio Maria de la Guerra is living in Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara, California, born abt 1821 California Stockraiser

American Civil War Soldiers:
Name: Antonio Dela Guerra ,
Enlistment Date: 2 Jun 1864
Enlistment Place: Santa Barbara, California
Side Served: Union
State Served: California
Service Record: Enlisted as a Captain on 2 June 1864. Commission in Company C, 1st Battn Native Cavalry Regiment California on 27 Jul 1864. Mustered Out Company C, 1st Battn Native Cavalry Regiment California on 2 Apr 1866 at Presidio, San Francisco, CA.
Sources: 56

"Recruitment of vaqueros from the vast ranches in the southern part of the state-the so-called "cow counties"-did not begin until early 1864. A drought had devastated many of the old ranches in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and even the prominent de la Guerra family was forced to sell much of its vast holdings. Newly unemployed ranch hands from the area formed the core of Company C, recuited by Capt. Antonio Maria de la Guerra. State Senator Ramon J. Hill, a secessionist elected from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbar counties, lamented the choice of de la Guerra, pointing out that he "does not even write fluently in his own language, knows not one word of English, knows not what figures are-but is an experienced horseman." Still, even Hill admitted that "the men will not be kept together for any other captain." Company C was very much a de la Guerra family operation, which explains its high morale and low desertion rate. Other de la Guerras in the company included 1st Lt. Santiago de la Guerra and 1st Sgt. Juan de la Guerra. Also present was 2nd Lt. Porfirio Jimeno [Ximeno], the captain's nephew and stepson of Dr. James Ord, brother of a Union general as well as a prominent surgeon and rancher. Educated at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., the twenty-four year old Jimeno was the most intellectually well equipped of the battalion's officers and would prove to be one of the best. Mustering of the company was delayed until July because of rumors that raised suspicions about the officers' loyalty. In the intervening two months, the already financially strapped Antonion Maria de la Guerra quartered the full-strength company of recruits at his own expense. According to the de la Guerra family and thier political allies, the rumours arose from a clique of political rivals, who sought to diminish the de la Guerras' influence by preventing them from receiving officers' commissions. The issue was apparently resolved by late June and, by late August, Company C was on the march toward' Drum Barracks."

" However, the strongest civic leaders of the quiet little town [Santa Barbara], although staunch Democrats like the majority of the Spanish Californians, believed in the cause of the Union. When Don Antonio Maria De la Guerra, accepted leader, former Mayor, State Senator, came forward ardently for the Union, Santa Barbara's response resulted in the formation of a company of eighty-four volunteers for the Union. Eighty-three of them were Spanish Californians, and the single American of the company, young Horace Robinson, spoke Spanish. Headquarters of the volunteers were taken up in an old adobe house on Anacapa Street, not far from the famous De la Guerra mansion, out of which had come the strength of leadership and fountainhead of enthusiasm for this patriotic effort."

Per 1870 U.S. Federal census Antonio M. de la Guerra is living in TWP 2, Santa Barbara, California, born abt 1825 California County Supervisor

"Per the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library [BK2, Pg. 053, B-461] regarding the Cieneguitas Cemetery of identities and burials of known veterans of the Mexican and Civil War who lived or died in Santa Barbara: Antonio Maria de la Guerra was buried July 29, 1881, age 66 yrs. There is a military marker [memory stone] at Cieneguitas Cemetery."

Gravesite Details Capt. de la Guerra's nephew, Felipe Santiago de la Guerra [#64502173], was also a member of Company C.





  • Created by: Terry Chaffee
  • Added: 10 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29711256
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Antonio Maria de Altagracia Francisco Remigio de la Guerra (2 Oct 1825–28 Nov 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29711256, citing Cieneguitas Catholic Cemetery, La Patera, Santa Barbara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Terry Chaffee (contributor 46946858) .