Mormon Battalion by Norma Ricketts

By Norma Ricketts

Few occasions within the heritage of the yankee a long way West from 1846 to 1849 didn't contain the Mormon Battalion. The Battalion participated within the usa conquest of California and within the discovery of gold, opened 4 significant wagon trails, and carried the scoop of gold east to an keen American public. but, the battalion is little recognized past Mormon heritage. this primary entire heritage of the wide-ranging military unit restores it to its imperative position in Western background, and offers descendants a whole roster of the Battalion's participants.

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Seventy-nine men reenlisted for an additional six months, another untold story. Mormon folklore contains numerous stories about the pioneers walking across the plains, the handcart companies that were pushed and pulled along the trail, and the trials of the early settlers in Salt Lake Valley. Yet, few stories could be found that told of the courage, hardships, faith, and perseverance of the battalion soldiers. This dearth has been corrected recently to a great extent by several excellent publications of individual journals, whose editors have provided readers not only with an understanding of a particular journal, but with invaluable footnotes as well.

5. Mexican War, 1846-1848Participation, Mormon. 6. MormonsSouthwest, NewHistory. 7. United States. Army. Mormon BattalionRegisters. 8. Southwest, NewHistory, Military. 9. CaliforniaHistory, Military. I. Title. 6'24dc20 96-35706 CIP Page v Contents Foreword by David L. Bigler viii Preface xii Acknowledgments xvii Introduction 1 1. The Enlistment 11 2. Fort Leavenworth: Knapsacks and Muskets 35 3. Santa Fe: Colonel Cooke Assumes Command 65 4. Pima and Maricopa Indian Villages 103 5. San Diego: Company B Makes Friends 131 6.

Unexpectedly, early research provided two additional avenues to be considered. First, the battalion became a giant jigsaw puzzle. A sentence in one journal provided a better, more complete understanding of facts in other journals. Comparing several journals on a specific day revealed an incredible amount of information. Because of the men's honest, realistic style of recording events, pieces of information from journal to journal fit perfectly. Once these pieces were put together, as the face of the puzzle grew, it seemed the resulting information should not be lost again.

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