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Illinois. Militia. Nauvoo Legion



  • Existence: 1840 - 1845

Administrative History

The Nauvoo Legion (1840-1845) was the local militia organization in Nauvoo, Illinois established in accordance with the city's charter.

Bennett, Richard Edmond. The Nauvoo Legion in Illinois, 2010 CIP introd. (the Nauvoo Legion functioned at the behest of the governor of the state of Illinois; a regularly constituted arm of the Illinois State Militia from its chartering in 1841 until its repeal in 1845; after 1845, Nauvoo Legion acted under the direction of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leadership until 1849; in 1849 became a militia in the State of Deseret; in 1852 became a militia in the Utah Territory)

Wikipedia, May 21, 2009 (The Nauvoo Legion was originally part of the state militia of Illinois whose formation was authorized under the charter granted to the city of Nauvoo, Illinois by the state government. It was comprised primarily of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who settled Nauvoo in the 1840s, and was commanded by Joseph Smith, Jr. and later by Brigham Young. The Legion was active until it was officially disbanded in 1845, and was later reactivated by former officers and Church leaders in order to aid in the exodus west)

LC database, May 21, 2009 (old cat hdg.: Nauvoo Legion)

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Hosea Stout letter

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233285011]
Identifier: Vault MSS 127
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated June 27, 1844, and addressed to Col. Harmon. Stout orders Harmon to assemble the men of the Nauvoo Legion militia organization in Nauvoo, Illinois, for inspection.

Dates: 1844

Theodore Turley biography and autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230244623]
Identifier: MSS SC 560
Scope and Contents Typescript (duplicated). The collection includes many quotes from Turley's journal covering his early life in England, Latter-day Saint Church conversion in Canada, Mormon difficulties in Missouri, 1838-1839, details of his mission to England accompanying the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 1839-1840, the expulsion of the Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois and his colonizing mission to San Bernadino, California, 1850-1857. Also includes one page of corrections and additions by Olive K. Turley...
Dates: Undated

Brigham Young letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230315274]
Identifier: MSS SC 1798
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten letter to Charles C. Rich concerning the transfer of military equipment to headquarters.

Dates: 1846

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Collection 12
Archival Object 1
Military 9
Politics, Government, and Law 9
Letters 7
Mormons -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History 5
Nauvoo (Ill.) -- History 4