The Mormon Battalion
The Mormon Battalion
Norma Baldwin Ricketts

400 pages

Published: 1997

ISBN 978-0-87421-215-0
paper $31.95

ISBN 978-087421-326-3
ebook $26.95

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The Mormon Battalion

United States Army of the West, 1846-1848

Finalist of the 1997 Spur Award
1997 Certificate of Commendation, American Association of State and Local Historians
1996 Best Book Award, Westerners International

Norma Baldwin Ricketts

Few events in the history of the 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.