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    Jacob Mica TrumanJacob Mica Truman, son of Martha Patty Spencer and John Frank Truman, was born in Niagara, New York, August 30, 1825. In the early 1840's he heard and accepted the Gospel along with ot...
  • Richard Bush (1826 - 1883)
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  • Jacob Kemp Butterfield (1813 - 1889)
    Biography Jacob was born 17 February 1813 in Farmington, Franklin County, Maine. He was the son of Abel Butterfield (born in 1767) and Persis Kemp, and they had a total of ten children. Jacob was the...
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  • Lot Smith (1830 - 1892)
    Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... Lot Smith (May 15, 1830 – June 21, 1892) was a Mormon pioneer and American frontiersman..." "...Born in 1830 in Williamstown, Oswego County, New York, he...

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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