On September 29, 1861, secessionists snuck up once again, this time replacing the Stars & Stripes with the Confederate Stars & Bars. Additionally, they would do the same to other flagpoles through the city. The next morning, Weber awoke to find the flag replaced and his bulldog dead.
Fueled by the treachery of this act, Weber had the Confederate flag pulled down, stuffed into his bronze cannon, and fired away as a warning to all Southern sympathizers. He would go on to fire the cannon 13 times, in honor of the 13 colonies, but he didn’t stop there. He had every Confederate flag replaced with the Union flag AND placed additional Union flags on every windmill in Stockton. By the time they were done, over 500 Stars & Stripes banners were displayed over Stockton.