Army of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives

Army of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives

by David Bigler

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Papers and accounts by participants recount the 1846 march of the Mormon Battalion from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego and Los Angeles to fight in the Mexican War. The unit was unusual, being all recruited from a single religious organization. With some exceptions, the original grammar, spelling, style, and punctuation is retained. Extensive annotation sets the accounts in historical perspective. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
David Bigler and Will Bagley successfully collaborated to bring together a series of previously unpublished documents, as well as some published ones, in an outstanding collection of firsthand accounts and other primary sources on and about the Mormon Battalion's epic 1846 U.S. - Mexican War march and their role in securing the Southwest from Mexican control and claiming the territory that would become the states of Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah -- thereby fulfilling the mandate inherent in the concept of "Manifest Destiny". Several eye-witness sourced perspectives are provided including the journal of teenager William Pace, letters from some of the women associated with the battalion; as well as military and government correspondence. Army Of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives is a superlatively presented and informative contribution to American history in general, and the role of a unique military command in particular.

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Utah State University Press
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