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Near McPherson in McPherson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Mormon Battalion at McPherson, Kansas

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2012
1. The Mormon Battalion at McPherson, Kansas Marker
Inscription.

On 3 September 1846, the Mormon Battalion camped near here on its way to fight in the war with Mexico. This small army of more than 500 men and officers had been recruited at Council Bluffs, Iowa, from among the Mormon pioneers (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) who were en route to the Rocky Mountains. About one-tenth of the battalion suffered from "ague, billions, and congestive fever" during the march from Council Bluffs, but only the standard army medicines of "calomel, arsenic, and bitters of bayberry bark" were on hand to treat them with.

Here battalion members saw for the first time the prickly pear cactus and other semi-arid plants typical of the American Southwest. Their difficult 1700-mile journey through the dry and barren landscape between this campsite and the final destination at San Diego, California, evoked poems, songs, and art work, some of which have been preserved in diaries kept by battalion members.
 
Erected 1982 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Kansas State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Battalion marker series.
 
Location. 38° 29.159′ N, 97° 37.249′ W. Marker is near

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By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2012
2. The Mormon Battalion at McPherson, Kansas Marker Detail
McPherson, Kansas, in McPherson County. Marker is on Interstate 135 4 miles south of Exit 72 (Interstate 135), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at the southbound rest area. Marker is in this post office area: McPherson KS 67460, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Runbeck Mill (approx. 6.2 miles away); Smoky Valley Roller Mills (approx. 6.2 miles away); Otto Johnson (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Teichgraeber-Runbeck House (approx. 6.3 miles away); Sweadal 1869 (approx. 6.3 miles away); Steve W. Train (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Swedish Pavilion (approx. 6.4 miles away); Home and Studio of Anton Pearson (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  History of the Mormon Battalion. (Submitted on February 6, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Patriots & PatriotismWar, Mexican-American
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2012
3. The Mormon Battalion at McPherson, Kansas Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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