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Mormon Battalion Project

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  • Pvt Henry Weeks Sanderson, Sr (1829 - 1896)
    Son of James Sanderson & Mary Jane SparksMarried Rebecca Ann Sanders, 7 Mar 1850 Pigeon Grove, Pottawattamie, IowaMarried Sarah Jane Cole, 6 Feb 1861 Fairview, Sanpete, UtahCarter, Kate B. The Mormon B...
  • Pvt Levi Roberts (1815 - 1894)
    Possible Match Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Roberts, Levi Birth Date: 26 Feb. 1815 Death Date: 22 Jan. 1894 Gender: Male Age: 35 Company: William Snow/Joseph Young Company ...
  • Allen Taylor (1814 - 1891)
    Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah , page 1199 (son of William Taylor and Elizabeth Patrick, born March 21, 1787, and December 9, 1793, respectively, both in Kentucky). He was born January 17, 1814, ...
  • Peter Muir Fife (1806 - 1873)
  • Dennis Wilson Winn (1826 - 1907)
    (son of Miner Winn and Nancy Wilson of Mobile, Alabama). Born December 11, 1826, Mobile. Came to Utah 1848, contingent Mormon Battalion. Married: Margaret Bateman January 2, 1849, Salt Lake City (dau...

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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.

July 24, 1847 --Three Blacks--Hark Lay, Green Flake, and Oscar Crosby--were in the advance company of Mormon pioneers accompanying Brigham Young upon his journey to the Great Salt Lake Valley.

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

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iapottaw/mrmnbatt.htm

http://wiki.hanksplace.net/images/6/63/Mormon_battalion_roster.pdf

http://www.battalionwomen.com/roster.htm

http://www.three-peaks.net/battalion.htm

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=47106

http://www.fold3.com/title_773/mexican_war_service_records_mormon/

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Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah

Other resources and references

  • This Week In Black History, Jet, July 22, 1976, p. 10.