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Mormon Battalion Project

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  • Pvt. Moses Wade (1792 - 1869)
    Moses Wade , son of Jacob Wade and Sarah Jones Wade, was born 12 July 1792 in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey. He came to Utah in 1850 as a member of the Mormon Battalion, Company C. Pvt. Moses Wad...
  • Edward Davis Wade (1825 - 1880)
    Find a Grave Edward Davis Wade, son of Moses Wade and Mary Bundy, was born 11 May 1825 in Farmersville, Allegheny county, New York. He married: Belinda Hickenlooper in 1849, at Salt Lake City (da...
  • Mary McRee Black Brown (1829 - 1907)
    Mary McRae (28 October 1829 Copiah County, Mississippi - 1 November 1907, at Ogden, Weber County, Utah), daughter of Dr. Charles William McRae and Mary Corkins. She was buried on the lot with her husba...
  • Phoebe Lodema Merrill (1832 - 1909)
  • Albina M. Williams (1826 - 1914)
    Find a Grave Birth: Jul. 25, 1826 Elba Genesee County New York, USA Death: Nov. 28, 1914 Pocatello Bannock County Idaho, USA Daughter of Samuel Merrill & Phebe Odell Married Thomas Steven Wil...

The Mormon Battalion was the only religiously based unit in United States military history serving from July 1846 to July 1847 during the Mexican-American War. The battalion was a volunteer unit of approximately 560 Latter-day Saints men led by Mormon company officers, commanded by regular US army officers. During its service, the battalion made a grueling march, at nearly 2,000 miles in length from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego, California.

The battalion's service was instrumental in helping the US secure much of the American Southwest, including new lands in several Western states, especially the Gadsden Purchase of 1853 of much of southern Arizona. The march also opened a southern wagon route to California. Veterans of the battalion played significant roles in America's westward expansion in California, Utah, Arizona and other parts of the West.

This project will identify members of the battalion as well as others who accompanied the battalion on its march.

Lists of battalion members can be found at:

United States, Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923

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