Council Grove in Morris County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Mormon Battalion at Council Grove, Kansas
The Mormon Battalion camped here for five days beginning 27 August 1846. The battalion's more than 500 volunteers and officers had been recruited from the Mormon pioneers (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) at Council Bluffs, Iowa, to fight in the war with Mexico.
The commanding officer, Colonel James Allen, had died at Ft. Leavenworth because of a lingering illness, and was replaced by Lieutenant Andrew Jackson Smith, who took command here on 30 August. Smith then led the Mormon Battalion to Santa Fe, about half of the 2,000-mile march to San Diego.
Council Grove was a government way-station used by soldiers and traders preparing for travel along the Santa Fe trail. While awaiting the change in command, the Mormon soldiers repaired their wagons and equipment, gathered supplies, and held religious services here.
The battalion acquired two cannon drawn by six horses each, a portable blacksmith shop, forty provision wagons, twelve family wagons, and a few private baggage wagons. Merchants in twelve wagons also joined the battalion here for the march to Santa Fe, selling the soldiers clothing, water, and other goods.
Erected 1982 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Kansas State Historical Society.
Marker series. Mormon Battalion, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 39.94′ N, 96° 29.611′ W. Marker is in Council Grove, Kansas, in Morris County. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Kaw Mission State Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 North Mission Street, Council Grove KS 66846, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kaw Mission (here, next to this marker); Mill Stone (a few steps from this marker); Kaw House Reconstructed (a few steps from this marker); Hermit's Cave (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Hermit's Cave (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Cottage House Hotel and Motel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Neosho Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Council Grove.
Also see . . .
1. Kaw Mission State Historic Site. (Submitted on July 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kaw Mission State Historic Site Today. (Submitted on February 6, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • War, Mexican-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.