Monday, October 3, 2016

170th Anniversary of the Battle of Dominguez Hills AKA the Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun

October 8 & 9, 2016
10am – 4pm

“If it were not for an elderly woman named Ignacia Reyes and the cleverness of Captain Jose Antonio Carrillo, the Mexican-American War Dominguez Hill Battle would have been lost!”

This historic battle took place between October 8 and 9, 1846 during the Mexican-American War near the home of Manuel Dominguez.  Fifty Californio troops suffered no casualties as they successfully held off an invasion of the Pueblo de Los Angeles by some 200 United States Marines.

With only 50 troops, Carrillo was able to fool 200 U.S. military troops into thinking they were out-numbered with strategic use of horses, lances, and only one cannon which had been hidden by Ignacia Reyes behind her house. Since that cannon contributed greatly to the victory, the battle was dubbed “The Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun” in Reyes’s honor.

This is a FREE event featuring exhibits, food, music, dance, children’s activities, such as tortilla making, cattle roping, gold panning, etc., and a tour of the Dominguez Homestead.

The Dominguez Rancho Adobe is California Historical Landmark Number 152, and in 1976 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The Friends of Rancho San Pedro operate the adobe ranch home as the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
18127 S. Alameda St., Compton, CA
 (Near the 91 and 710 [Long Beach] Freeways)