Category Archives: Mormon Battalion

Deliver us from Doctor Sanderson

Once the Mormon Battalion was on their way, a common refrain in the diaries is “Deliver us from Doctor Sanderson.” As a social historian, this immediately raised red flags and I started asking questions. Who is Doctor Sanderson? What was … Continue reading

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What did Levi’s family do while he was gone?

One of my questions about Levi Savage’s family is what happened to his parents and siblings while he was serving during in the Mormon Battalion. I have found a record that shows his father and a brother crossing the plains … Continue reading

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Enlisting for the Mormon Battalion

One of the unique aspects of the Mormon Battalion is that it is on the only US military unit that was also a religious unit. According to Norma Ricketts, only a handful of non-Mormons were included in the Mormon Battalion. … Continue reading

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The Full Story Emerges–did their feelings change?

In the previous post we examined the initial reaction of the Mormons when Army recruiters entered their camps. Did their feelings change when they learned that the leadership of the Church was encouraging enlistment? This is summed up well by … Continue reading

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Was the creation of the Mormon Battalion a blessing in disguise?

The previous post used government documents to explore the reasons behind the actions of President Polk and the Army in the creation of the Mormon Battalion. Due to unclear orders, recruitment with pay occurred several months, if not a full … Continue reading

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The creation of the Mormon Battalion

David Bigler and Will Bagley’s book Army of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives is a remarkable set of documents involving the Mormon Battalion. Some are government documents, others are diaries and letters. In this post we will focus on the documents … Continue reading

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Background history of the Mormons

In order to understand what was going on in the Mormon Battalion, and the various reactions we will see in others diaries, we need to know some of the history of the Mormons. Since we will be looking at the … Continue reading

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