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President Benjamin Harrison and party visited Monterey, April 30, 1891. On behalf of Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, President Harrison was presented with a solid silver card, having on one side an engraving of the old custom house, "Where the first American flag was raised, 1846," and on the reverse side, "Greeting to our President, April 30, 1891." The President, Secretary Rusk and the Postmaster-General John Wanamaker then made short addresses.

The corner stone of the Sloat Monument was laid July 4, 1902, in the presence of the "jackies" from the U. S. sloop of war Alert, pioneers, Mexican war veterans and marines, Major Edward E. Sherman, Captain J. G. Lambert, a pioneer of 1847, and custom house guardian for twenty-five years; Colonel Joseph Stewart, the second oldest West Point graduate; Capt. McAllister, J. B. Whittmore, George Bromley, and Col. Thomas E. Ketcham, a captain of Stevenson's Regiment, who landed at Monterey from the Susan Drew in 1847.

On May 1, 1908, there steamed into Monterey Bay, not one, but sixteen battle ships of the Atlantic fleet, iron clads, any one of which could have destroyed the nation's navy of 1846. The fog was so heavy that the flagship Minnesota, in command of Admiral Thomas, was well past Point Pinos before the fleet was seen from shore. The first squadron, the Connecticut, Kentucky, Vermont, Louisiana, Georgia, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Virginia remained at anchor two days, the second squadron, the Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri, Alabama, Illinois, Kersarge, and Wisconsin, remained until May 4th.

Early in the morning of May 5th the Connecticut returned to Monterey to receive her commander, Admiral "Bob" Evans, who had left the fleet at Santa Barbara, to recuperate at Paso Robles Hot Springs. "Fighting Bob" had been badly crippled by the enemy, rheumatism, but he swore that "alive or dead," he would enter the Golden Gate as Commander of the American Navy. A special train brought the admiral from the springs to Monterey and stepping aboard the Connecticut from his launch, immediately the flag of Admiral Thomas was lowered from the foretop of the Minnesota and Commodore Evans' flag "broke" out over the Connecticut. They immediately steamed from the harbor, Evans' flagship leading.
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