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  • Pvt. William Lance (1828 - 1878)
    Son of Samuel Lance & Marie Louise AllardMarried Anna Elizabeth Bell, 2 Aug 1862William Lance enlisted as a private in Company E. He completed the march to California and also re-enlisted in Company A ...
  • Pvt Wilford Heath Hudson (1818 - 1905)
    Son of Robert Hudson & Damaris LemmonWILFORD HEATH HUDSONMormon Battalion VeteranWilford Heath Hudson was born 19 September 1818, at Corydove, Harrison County, Indiana. He died 6 September 1905, at Gra...
  • Pleasant Green Taylor, Sr. (1827 - 1917)
    Find a Grave Mormon Pioneer: ". . . and we were successful in obtaining sufficient means so that in the spring of 1850 we crossed the Missouri River, May 10, and were organized into companies of ...
  • William Edward Kelly (1828 - 1899)
    Shortened due to length... please, see original website from the link above, for all content. William Edward Kelly Memorial Birth: Apr. 6, 1828, Isle of Man Death: Jun. 18, 1899, USA Will...
  • Harmon Dudley Pierson (1818 - 1891)
    Residence : Utah, United States - 1870* Residence : Plymouth, Box Elder, Utah, United States - 1880* Residence : Utah, United States - 1870* Residence : Plymouth, Box Elder, Utah, United States - 1880*

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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

Finding Aid:

Search using Google for "Mormon Battalion"

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah

Other resources and references

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