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Season 1 Episode 18 The Mormon Battalion March to the Pacific


The Mormon Battalion’s march to the Pacific Ocean.


In this episode of History of the Saints we pick up the story of the Mormon Battalion. We told you earlier of the Church’s lobbying with President James K. Polk to recruit a Battalion of Mormons for the war with Mexico. Accordingly, Captain James Allen mustered into service about 500 LDS men to serve in the Army of the West under General Stephen Kearny. We spoke of that emotional moment when they took leave of the Saints and began their march to Fort Leavenworth. As 1847 dawned upon Winter Quarters Brigham Young and the Saints were making preparations for their journey west. However, even before the Church left Winter Quarters for the West, the Mormon Battalion was already there.


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