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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 61 Collections and/or Records:

The march of the Mormon Battalion

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 627
Scope and Contents Typewritten draft with handwritten corrections, 73 pages in length. Also included are 9 pages of handwritten research notes. The article was originally published in "A Century of Mormon Activities in California" vol. 1, edited by Leo J. Muir. Roberts relates the background and history of the "Mormon Battalion" in the war with Mexico (1846-1848), including its activities in California, and tells about the monuments and markers that have been built to honor the members of that unit.
Dates: approximately 1950

McClellan family histories

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 561
Scope and Contents Typescripts (some duplicated). The collection includes autobiographical sketch of William C. McClellan, member of the Mormon Battalion and of the Nauvoo Legion in Utah Valley, Utah, a biographical sketch of his wife, Almeda D. McClellan by Zitelle M. Snarr, and an autobiography of their son David A. McClellan Sr. which includes details of life in the Mormon colonies in Mexico and Arizona.
Dates: date of production not identified

Erastus Darwin Meacham biography

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1904
Scope and Contents Typewritten biography of the Meacham family. The item focuses on the history of Erastus Darwin Meacham and his experiences as a Mormon pioneer including his military service as a private in Company D of the "Mormon Battalion."
Dates: 1933

Mormon Battalion

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2224
Scope and Contents Handwritten poem commemorating the activities of the Mormon Battalion in service of the United States during the war with Mexico (1845-1848). The item was written in ink. "By John Hancock who went in the Battalion in 1847" has been penciled in at the bottom of the item in another hand. No John Hancock is listed among members of the battalion.
Dates: approximately 1860

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

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 8000
Scope and Contents Materials include reports, minutes, biographies, correspondence, histories, newsletters, and other materials from the Mormon Battalion Association and its earlier women's auxiliary organization, both of which were headquartered in Lehi, Utah. The materials document the activities and governance of these organizations, as well as the history of the original Mormon Battalion of 1846-1847. Materials date from between 1846 and 2012.
Dates: 1846-2012

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