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Mormon Battalion Project

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  • Pvt James Wood Calkins (1827 - 1898)
    Son of Chauncey Ira Calkins & Sarah Kellogg[ ]Married Eliza Jane Gilmore, 13 May 1852Children- Mary Elizabeth Calkins, Myron Ransom Calkins, Israel William Calkins , Lucinda Calkins, Lyman Calkins, Jam...
  • Pvt Alva Chauncey Calkins (1825 - 1887)
    Son of Chauncey Ira Calkins & Sarah KelloggMarried Martha Skidmore, 2 Apr 1854ALVIE C. CALKINS. (Tyler's list, ALVA C. CALKINS) Private. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. M...
  • Pvt Sylvanus Calkins (1822 - 1901)
    Son of Chauncey Ira Calkins & Sarah KelloggMarried Hannah Elizabeth Kilbourn, 23 Jan 1851, Centerville, Davis, UtahSylvanus Calkins came of sturdy Welsh ancestors who settled in America before the Revo...
  • Merrill W. Wheeler (1827 - 1903)
  • Pvt Alonzo Pearis Raymond (1820 - 1904)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Levi W. Hancock/Jefferson Hunt/James Pace/Andrew Lytle Company (1847) David Evans Company (1850) Son of Pearis Raymond and Rebecca Pierce Married Cla...

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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