The Mormon Battalion was a volunteer military unit composed of over 500 LDS men, although some families of battalion members traveled with the unit as well. Brigham Young was seeking aid from the federal government to move his followers west. Enlistment provided a means to obtain funds to aid the Mormon pioneers. The volunteers served from July 1856 to July 1847, during the Mexican-American War, and marched nearly 2000 miles from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to San Diego.
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