A Modern-day Call for Volunteers


One hundred and fifty years ago, on July 16, 1846, 541 men volunteered to serve the United States in the War with Mexico. Thirty-two of their wives and 48 of their children joined them in a march from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. There, they were outfitted and travelled to Santa Fe, New Mexico and on to San Diego, California. Battalion members were discharged July 16, 1847 in Los Angeles, California.

Brigham Young prophesied that "men and nations will rise up and bless the men who went in that Battalion." The U.S. Mormon Battalion, a non-profit corporation based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been doing genealogical research, tracking down families of battalion members and making them aware of their ancestor's deeds. When the research is completed and a grave located, the Battalion holds a reunion which includes a flag ceremony placing a bronze medallion on the gravestone.

So far, the Battalion has managed to locate only 147 grave sites of the 600+ people who went with the Battalion. We now invite all people to help Brion Zion help the U.S. Mormon Battalion finish the job by July 16, 1997. We need to research genealogies, track down family members, write brief histories and locate graves.

Brion Zion's Mormon Battalion page will act as a clearinghouse for this effort. We will post a complete listing of the 600+ people who went with the Battalion. Cyberspace volunteers can then choose a name and start researching. When you are finished, you can create a Web page for your Battalion member. Then, we will link our list to your Web page. Information will be passed along to the U.S. Mormon Battalion, and Cyberspace volunteers will be invited to the reunions honoring their Battalion members.

We will receive all men, women or children of any age. If you are willing to help, send email to BrionZion@Bigfoot.com and watch this page for future developments!

Brion Zion, State of Deseret


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