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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:

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

Thomas Morris autobiography

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7661
Scope and Contents Photocopy of an autobiography of Thomas Morris, written in 1871. Contains an account of his early life in South Wales, including his various occupations and religious affiliations, his emigration to New York in 1832, death of his first wife in 1837, his second marriage, conversion to Mormonism and relocation to Nauvoo in 1844, his impressions of Joseph Smith, and details of service in Mormon Battalion. Concludes with list of his various marriages and dates.
Dates: 1871

John Conrad Naegle historical and biographical materials

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 414
Scope and Contents Contains historical and biographical material of John Conrad Naegle, Mormon pioneer, who, at one time, owned a tract of land in Fremont, California, which was purchased by BYU in 1961 as a possible site for a junior college.
Dates: Date not identified

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

Charles H. Oliphant and Orson Bennett Adams autobiographies

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 155
Scope and Contents Coverless notebook containing handwritten autobiographies of Oliphant and Adams. Oliphant writes of his childhood, meetings with Brigham Young, his work as a horticulturalist, and the Deseret Horticultural Society. Adams' autobiography is written back to front in the same notebook. He writes about his joining the Mormon Battalion along with his wife who worked as a laundress, his settlement in Parowan, Utah, his fighting the Indian Wars, and exploration during the Utah War during which he...
Dates: approximately 1800s

James Pollock Park papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 170
Scope and Contents Printed and handwritten application for Park's widow to receive a pension for his service in the war with Mexico, photocopy of a mission call for Park to serve on a mission for the Mormon Church in Europe, and a brief biography of Park by and unknown author.
Dates: 1852-1893

Petition

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 12
Scope and Contents Typed petition presented to Governor William Spry of Utah concerning a monument to be built in honor of the Mormon Battalion.
Dates: 1915

David Pettigrew autobiography and diary

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 473
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a handwritten autobiography and diary with a typescript of the item. Pettigrew (apparently also spelled Pettegrew) started his autobiography in 1840. His diary is sporatic and has many gaps. Pettigrew writes about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832, his life in Missouri during the persecutions of Mormons there, his experiences in Nauvoo, Illinois, his work as an LDS missionary, his participation in the migration of Mormons from Nauvoo, his...
Dates: 1840-1861

Personal histories and life sketches of ancestors of Vera Price

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 1560
Scope and Contents These manuscripts are biographies and autobiographies of ancesters of Vera Price. These individuals include Lewis Dunbar Wilson Jr. and Sr., John Lingren (autobiography), and James Brown (by Gladys Brown White). Most of the biographies are short (several pages) typescripts. There are biographies of 17 members of the Wilson family, 4 of the Price family, 3 of the Hunt family, and 2 of the Walton family. These individuals were Mormons, most of whom lived in Idaho. James Brown was a member of...
Dates: approximately 1890-1978

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