Mormon Settlement in Arizona; a Record of Peaceful Conquest of the Desert (Google eBook)

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1921 - Arizona - 307 pages
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I found that James H McClintock presents a large, gigantic slice of Mormon history about the West. As a student of the Mormon Battalion, Arizona, Jacob Hamblin, the source materials are priceless. I think this is required reading about the Western United States. Great source material.

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Page 31 - Of the services of this battalion, of their patience, subordination, and general good conduct, you have already heard; and I take great pleasure in adding that as a body of men they have religiously respected the rights and feelings of these conquered people, and not a syllable of complaint has reached my ears of a single insult offered or outrage done by a Mormon volunteer.
Page 15 - We drove them out, with their artillery, but our intercourse with the citizens was unmarked by a single act of injustice. Thus, marching half naked and half fed, and living upon wild animals, we have discovered and made a road of great value to our country. "Arrived at the first settlement 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,...
Page 15 - History may be searched in vain for an equal march of infantry. Half of it has been through a wilderness, where nothing but savages and wild beasts are found, or deserts where, for want of water, there is no living creature. There, with almost hopeless labor we have dug wells, which the future traveler will enjoy.
Page 10 - You will have the Mormons distinctly to understand that I wish to have them as volunteers for twelve months ; that they will be marched to California, receiving pay and allowances during the above time, and at its expiration they will be discharged, and allowed to retain, as their private property, the guns and accoutrements furnished to them at this post.
Page 15 - With crowbar and pick and axe in hand, we have worked our way over mountains, which seemed to defy aught save the wild goat, and hewed a passage through a chasm of living rock more narrow than our wagons. To bring these first wagons to the Pacific, we have preserved the strength of our mules by herding them over large tracts, which you have laboriously guarded without loss.
Page 10 - This gives an opportunity of sending a portion of their young and intelligent men to the ultimate destination of their whole people, and entirely at the expense of the United States, and this advanced party can thus pave the way and look out the land for their brethren to come after them.
Page 13 - Chorus How hard to starve and wear us out, Upon this sandy, desert route. We sometimes now for lack of bread, Are less than quarter rations fed, And soon expect, for all of meat, Naught less than broke-down mules, to eat.
Page 15 - 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 unmarked by a single act of injustice. Thus, marching half naked and half fed, and living upon wild animals, we have discovered and made a road of great value to our country.
Page 14 - ... mules and cattle. I gave them some breeding sheep. Oxen will not do well for draught, their feet become tender; and west of the Pimos, their food is not found sufficient or suitable; mules require no shoes; I cached a large quantity on the Gila, having used none. Undoubtedly, the fine bottom land of the Colorado, if not of the Gila, will soon be settled; then all difficulty will be removed.
Page 54 - That all that part of the territory of the United States included within the following limits, to wit : bounded on the west by the State of California, on the north by the Territory of Oregon, and on the east by the summit of the Rocky mountains, and on the south by the thirty-seventh parallel of north latitude...

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