The Mormon Battalion was mustered into service in June of 1846 and began their march to California and the war with Mexico. On that march they traveled down the Santa Fe Trail, through Kansas territory toward the Arkansas River. Then September 12, 1846 a chance meeting in the wilderness along the river would prove most significant for the Mormon Battalion and the Latter-day Saints in general. They met a group of men traveling downriver on their way to Mississippi. These men were familiar and therein begins our story—the story of the Saints out of Pueblo.