The Mormon Battalion: Its History and Achievements (Google eBook)

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Deseret News, 1919 - Mexican War, 1846-1848 - 96 pages
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A quick read that gives detailed and accurate information about the Mormon Battalion and its march. Definitely a must read for those interested in Church history, military history, or the California Gold Rush. Read full review

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Page 32 - our mules by herding them over large tracts, which you have laboriously guarded without loss. The garrison of four presidios of Sonora concentrated within the walls of Tucson, gave us no pause. We drove them out, with their artillery, but our intercourse with the citizens was
Page 10 - people to stand ready at your call, and that the whole body of the people will act as one man in the land to which we are going, and should our territory be invaded we hold ourselves ready to enter the field of battle, and then like our patriot fathers * * * make the battlefield our grave or gain
Page 33 - Smith and George Stoneman, of the First Dragoons, have shared and given invaluable aid in all these labors. "Thus volunteers, you have exhibited some high and essential qualities of veterans. But much remains undone. Soon, you will turn your attention to the drill, to system and order, to forms also, which are all necessary to the soldier. "By order
Page 43 - Monday 24 (January) : This day some kind of metal was found in the tail race that looks like gold." "Jan 30th: Clear, and has been all the last week. Our metal has been tried and proves to be gold. It is thought to be rich. We have picked up more than a hundred dollars' worth this week.
Page 1 - The Lieutenant-Colonel commanding congratulates the Battalion on their safe arrival on the shores of the Pacific ocean, and the conclusion of their march of over two thousand miles. History will be searched in vain for an equal march of infantry.
Page 12 - not, however, to a number exceeding one-third of your entire force. Should they enter the service they will be paid as other volunteers, and you can allow them to designate, so far as it can be properly done, the persons to act as officers."*
Page v - The afternoon before their departure a "ball" was given in their honor. Of this "ball," Col. Kane says: "A more merry dancing rout I have never seen, though the company went without refreshments and their ball room was of the most primitive kind. [Under a bowery where the ground had been trodden firm and hard by frequent use] To the canto of
Page 6 - If our government shall offer any facilities for emigrating to the western coast, embrace those facilities, if possible. As a wise and faithful man, take every honorable advantage of the times you can,."
Page 33 - of California, after a single day's rest, you cheerfully turned off from the route to this point of promised repose, to enter upon a campaign, and meet, as we supposed, the approach of an enemy; and this, too, without even salt to season your sole subsistence of fresh meat. "Lieutenants A J. Smith and George Stoneman, of the First Dragoons, have shared and given
Page 30 - The road wound through smooth green valleys, and over very lofty hills, equally smooth and green. From the top of one of these hills, was caught the first and a magnificent view of the great ocean; and by rare chance, perhaps, it was so calm that it shone as a mirror.

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