(Feb 11, 1821 to Dec 9, 1875).
John Ross Browne (February 11, 1821 in Beggars Bush (Dublin), Ireland – December 9, 1875 in Oakland, California), often called J. Ross Browne, date of birth sometimes given as 1817, was an Irish-born American traveler, artist, writer and government agent.
John Ross Browne was the third of seven children born to Thomas Egerton Browne, an Irish newspaper editor, and his wife, Elizabeth (Buck) Browne. Thomas Browne was an ardent nationalist who ran afoul of the British government and was sent to prison, but released on condition of his leaving Ireland.
William H. Meyers, watercolor, 1847. Naval Sketches of the War in California, limited Edition of 1,000, Grabhorn Press, San Francisco, 1939. The USS Sloop Dale of San Jose, the extreme lower point of Lower California. 18 November 1846. From the collection of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
USS Dale (1839) (later Oriole) was a sloop-of-war in the United States Navy commissioned on 11 December 1839. Dale was involved in the Mexican-American War, the American Civil War, operations along Africa to suppress slave trade, and was used in the US Coast Guard, among other activities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Dale_%281839%29
Mexican / American War of 1846 to 1848
The history of the Mexican / American War of 1846 to 1848 in Baja California is often forgotten. This is due to the fact that the war and most of the more sensational battles were fought in the interior of Mexico. But some little know facts about the war in Baja California. Read more at: http://www.bajainsider.com/article/mexican-american-war-baja-california-sur