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The Mormon Battalion: United States Army of the West, 1846-1846by Norma B Ricketts
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Few events in the history of the American Far West from 1846 to 1849 did not involve the Mormon Battalion. The Battalion participated in the United States conquest of California and in the discovery of gold, opened four major wagon trails, and carried the news of gold east to an eager American public. Yet, the battalion is little known beyond Mormon history. This first complete history of the wide-ranging army unit restores it to its central place in Western history, and provides descendants a complete roster of the Battalion's members.
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An historical account of the Battalion's journeys and escapades emphasizing the personal history of the men and women involved through a thorough research of diaries and journals. Historian Ricketts describes the Battalion's involvement in the Mexican War, the discovery of California gold, the Battalion's march across the Southwest, and its establishment of the Cooke's Wagon Road which would become a thoroughfare for emigrants destined for California and also for the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line and the Butterfield Overland Stage. Nine appendices contain reconstructed rosters, military documents, and information on the Hancock-Los Angeles Company and the Hancock-Sierra Company. Includes photographs, maps, and illustrations.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Mormon Battalion enlistees participated in numerous historic events in the 1846-1848 Far West, from the Mexican War to the discovery of California gold. Ricketts tells the full story of this wide-ranging but little-known army unit's complicated and dramatic experiences.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-356) and index.
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