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Few events in the history of the American Far West from 1846 to 1849 did not involve the Mormon Battalion. The Battalion participated in the United States conquest of California and in the discovery of gold, opened four major wagon trails, and carried the news of gold east to an eager American public. Yet, the battalion is little known beyond Mormon history. This first com Few events in the history of the American Far West from 1846 to 1849 did not involve the Mormon Battalion. The Battalion participated in the United States conquest of California and in the discovery of gold, opened four major wagon trails, and carried the news of gold east to an eager American public. Yet, the battalion is little known beyond Mormon history. This first complete history of the wide-ranging army unit restores it to its central place in Western history, and provides descendants a complete roster of the Battalion's members.


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Few events in the history of the American Far West from 1846 to 1849 did not involve the Mormon Battalion. The Battalion participated in the United States conquest of California and in the discovery of gold, opened four major wagon trails, and carried the news of gold east to an eager American public. Yet, the battalion is little known beyond Mormon history. This first com Few events in the history of the American Far West from 1846 to 1849 did not involve the Mormon Battalion. The Battalion participated in the United States conquest of California and in the discovery of gold, opened four major wagon trails, and carried the news of gold east to an eager American public. Yet, the battalion is little known beyond Mormon history. This first complete history of the wide-ranging army unit restores it to its central place in Western history, and provides descendants a complete roster of the Battalion's members.

32 review for Mormon Battalion: United States Army of the West, 1846-1848

  1. 4 out of 5

    E. Paul Whetten

    For me, the great contribution of this book is the human face it put on the members of the Mormon Battalion. Instead of the abbreviated mention the Battalion usually receives in the overall history of the Church and the settlement of the West, here we see the full scope of what they experienced. We see flawed but faithful men as they suffered through forced marches without the basic necessities of life. I have a 3rd great-grandfather (Hyrum Judd) who served in Company E, and I feel like I know h For me, the great contribution of this book is the human face it put on the members of the Mormon Battalion. Instead of the abbreviated mention the Battalion usually receives in the overall history of the Church and the settlement of the West, here we see the full scope of what they experienced. We see flawed but faithful men as they suffered through forced marches without the basic necessities of life. I have a 3rd great-grandfather (Hyrum Judd) who served in Company E, and I feel like I know him better now as a result of reading this book.

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    Keith

    Good history of the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War.

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