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United States. Army. Mormon Battalion

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1846-1847

Administrative History

The Mormon Battalion (1846-1847) was a unit in the United States military that served during the Mexican-American War.

The Mormon Battalion, which began official service in July 1846, was the only religiously based united in United States military history. The battalion was a volunteer unit of between 534 and 539 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Created to assist with the Mexican-American War (which lasted from 1846-1848), the unit marched nearly 2,000 miles from Iowa to San Diego.

The unit was discharged on July 16, 1847, five months after its arrival in San Diego.

Citation

Larson, C.V. A data base of the Mormon Battalion, c1987: p. 1 (formed July 16, 1846, at the request of the U.S. govt.) p. 2 (discharged July 16, 1847) p. 4 (U.S. Mormon Battalion)

LC data base, 12/30/87 (hdg.: Iowa Infantry. Mormon Battalion, 1846-1847)

Wikipedia, via WWW, 27 January 2015 (The Mormon Battalion, which began official service in July 1846, was the only religiously based united in United States military history; was a volunteer unit of between 534 and 539 members of the LDS church;Created to assist with the Mexican-American War (which lasted from 1846-1848); marched nearly 2,000 miles from Iowa to San Diego; was discharged on July 16, 1847, five months after its arrival in San Diego)

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Collection of legends on the Mormon Battalion, 1978-1997

 Sub-Series
Identifier: FA 4 Series 5 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains legends about the Mormon Battalion. Items were collected by students in folklore classes at Brigham Young University and Utah State University from 1960 to 2007. Most of the items are typewritten, but a few of the older items are handwritten. Many of the items contain a description of how, when, and where they were collected as well as explanations of social and cultural contexts.
Dates: 1978-1997

Mormon Battalion Association biographies of original members, approximately 1990-1999

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8000 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains biographies of the original members of the Mormon Battalion containing family group records, biographies, and other material. Dates to the 1990s.
Dates: approximately 1990-1999

Mormon Battalion Association collection of Auxiliary records, 1901-2012

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8000 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains materials which document the history of and activities conducted by the Women's Auxiliary of the Mormon Battalion association, located in Utah. Includes biographies, correspondence, history, leadership, minutes, and newsletters relating to the organization and its mission to remember the contributions of women to the Mormon Battalion. Materials date from between 1901 and 2012.
Dates: 1901-2012

Mormon Battalion Association photographs, 1897-2010

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8000 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains an alphabetical index of photographs of original Mormon Battalion members from the Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library, a photograph of the Mormon Battalion painting by George M. Ottinger, photographs of the California Trek of 1956, photographs of the modern Company A, and photographs of inaugurations and other events. Dates from 1897-2010.
Dates: 1897-2010

Mormon Battalion Association records, 1846-2011

 Series
Identifier: MSS 8000 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains records of the Mormon Battalion Association, located in Utah and California, relating to its mission to memorialize the Battalion and its members. Includes reports, maps, minutes, biographies of original members, artifacts, and other material related to the history of the Battalion and the association. Materials dated from 1847-2012.
Dates: 1846-2011

Mormon Battalion Association records on the Friends of the Battalion, 2012

 Series — Box: 37, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSS 8000 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains materials regarding the incorporation of the organization Friends of the Battalion, originally headquartered in Lehi, Utah, into the larger organization Mormon Battalion Association. Includes articles of incorporation, newsletters, and correspondence. Materials dated 2012.
Dates: 2012

Mormon Battalion Association uniforms, approximately 1990-1990

 Sub-Series — Box: 37, Folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 8000 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains booklets, order forms, and other material on uniforms including arms, equipment, training, descriptions, policies, and pictorials. Dates to approximately the 1990s.
Dates: approximately 1990-1990

Newel Kimball Whitney collection on military units, 1840-1858

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains poll books, certificates, petitions, reports, orders, and other materials related to Mormon militia units, including both the Nauvoo Legion and the Mormon Battalion. Materials date from between 1840 and 1858.
Dates: 1840-1858

R. Don Oscarson papers on My San Diego, approximately 1977

 Series — Carton: 5, Volume: 3
Identifier: MSS 6292 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains a binder containing materials relating to the pageant My San Diego. Materials include scripts, music, correspondence, newspaper publicity, and a CD.
Dates: approximately 1977