Salvador Vallejo, Mariano’s younger brother, became General Mariano Vallejo’s
Chief Solano was a fierce fighter.
Charles Brown, one of the American mercenaries, reported after the battle against Sem-Yito, “Chief Solano is so murderous in battle I am ashamed he is on our side.”
Later, when Brown was surrounded and peppered; a human pin cushion filled with arrows, Solano came to Brown’s aid. He drove off Brown’s attackers, pulled the arrows from Brown’s bleeding body, and applied salve to the wounds. Thereafter, as one might imagine, Brown had a kindlier view toward Chief Solano.
That 1835 battle was followed with another campaign by Vallejo’s Pomo auxiliaries and Chief Solano against the Wappo. It began over a mule-thief. Chief
In answer to such rudeness, Vallejo mounted a massive military campaign to punish the Wappo and
Strength and greater firepower won out. Mariano’s stronger force of Mexicans and Indians was much larger. Chief Solano’s Pomo, pursued
Not finished with the fight or the punishment, Salvador and his force pursued the main body of the Wappo to Southern Mendocino County. There, a titanic force of two thousand Wappo warriors attacked the Californios. The Mexican Cavalry charged with their lances and killed two hundred of the enemy. Peace feelers were rejected, and some of the Pomo defected to join the Wappo. A call for help from the Governor brought another four hundred soldiers to assist Vallejo. Faced with odds beyond his power to oppose,
The peace was short-lived. The Wappo had not changed their ways, and more horses were stolen. Near Boggs Mountain, there was a final battle. Mariano caught the enemy in a pincers movement, and the Wappo were defeated without a single Vallejo casualty. For a time, the Indian Wars were over.
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