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The 500 Volunteer Soldiers of the Mormon Battalion

1840 - 1848

 
 
The 500 Volunteer Soldiers of the Mormon Battalion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 1, 2002
1. The 500 Volunteer Soldiers of the Mormon Battalion Marker
Inscription. In the midst of preparations for their exodus to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, the Mormon pioneers were asked by the United States government to enlist a battalion of 500 volunteers for service in the war with Mexico. These troops started from western Iowa in July, 1846, and arrived in San Diego January 29, 1847. Completing the longest infantry march in history, this expedition helped win the war, prepared the way for colonization of the southwest, opened new trade routes, and strengthened distant national boundaries.
 
Erected 1969 by National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.
 
Location. 32° 45.432′ N, 117° 11.648′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Presidio Drive. Click for map. Marker is located at the top of the hill west of Presidio Drive in Presidio Park. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mormon Battalion at San Diego (here, next to this marker); Services of the Mormon Battalion (here, next to this marker); Mormon Battalion (here, next to this marker); Women of the Mormon Battalion
The 500 Volunteer Soldiers of the Mormon Battalion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 30, 2015
2. The 500 Volunteer Soldiers of the Mormon Battalion Marker
Marker is at lower right in photo.
(a few steps from this marker); Sylvester Pattie (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Casa de Carrillo (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Diego Presidio Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, Mexican-American
 
Mormon Battalion Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 30, 2015
3. Mormon Battalion Memorial
Mormon Battalion Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, March 1, 2002
4. Mormon Battalion Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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