The Mormon Battalion: Its History and Achievements

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Deseret News, 1919 - Mexican War, 1846-1848 - 96 pages
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About the Mormon Battalion of soldiers that marched from the Midwest to Northern California. By the famed Mormon historian B.H. Roberts.

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Page 52 - 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 52 - 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.
Page 31 - Every thing conspired to discourage the extraordinary undertaking of marching this battalion eleven hundred miles, for the much greater part through an unknown wilderness without road or trail, and with a wagon train.
Page 53 - 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 12 - You are desired to use all proper means to have a good understanding with them, to the end that the United States may have their co-operation in taking possession of and holding that country. It has been suggested here, that many of these Mormons would willingly enter into the service of the United States, and aid us in our expedition against California. You are hereby authorized to muster into service such as can be induced to volunteer, not, however, to a number exceeding one-third of your entire...
Page 53 - Dragoons, have shared and given valuable 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 LIEUT. COLONEL P. ST. GEORGE COOKE. PC MERRILL, Adjutant.
Page 12 - ... companies of volunteers, to join me in my expedition to that country, each company to consist of any number between 73 and 109 ; the officers of each company will...
Page 75 - Hunt the command of the battalion with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, with an adjutant; but I find, by the orders lately received, that a battalion of four companies is only entitled to a major and acting adjutant. I will notify Captain Hunt of this change at as early a moment as I can communicate with him. I am pleased to find by the despatches that in this matter I have anticipated the wish of the department.
Page 10 - ... for California, and many others are making ready to go; some have gone around Cape Horn, and, I trust, before this time, have landed at the bay of San Francisco. We have about forty thousand in the British Isles all determined to gather to this land, and thousands will sail this fall.
Page 46 - At this time the men were nearly bare-footed; some used, instead of shoes, rawhide wrapped around their feet, while others improvised a novel style of boots by stripping the skin from the leg of an ox. To do this, a ring was cut around the hide above and below the gambrel joint, and then the skin taken off without cutting it lengthwise. After this, the lower end was sewed up with sinews, when it was ready for the wearer, the natural crook of the hide adapting it somewhat to the shape of the foot....

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