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By Norma Ricketts

Few occasions within the background of the yankee some distance West from 1846 to 1849 didn't contain the Mormon Battalion. The Battalion participated within the usa conquest of California and within the discovery of gold, opened 4 significant wagon trails, and carried the inside track of gold east to an keen American public. but, the battalion is little identified past Mormon background. this primary entire heritage of the wide-ranging military unit restores it to its vital position in Western heritage, and offers descendants an entire roster of the Battalion's individuals.

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Stockton sailed down the coast to San Pedro. General Castro continued his flight into Mexico and Governor Don Pio Pico fled to lower California. Without opposition, Frémont and Stockton occupied Los Angeles August 14, 1846, and the conquest of California was complete. Four days later, Stockton formally annexed California to the United States and appointed John C. Frémont as its military governor or commandant. Stockton also divided California into three military districts placing Archibald Gillespie in command in Los Angeles, Frémont in Monterey, and himself in San Diego.

When I heard this my mind changed. I felt that it was my duty to go. (Daniel B. Rawson)8 As soon as the authority of the church made known their desires for us to enlist, I wished to go. Brother Miller tried to influence me to stay, but Brother Brigham had said he wanted all young men to go that could, so I was determined to go. (Henry G.

I gratefully acknowledge the assistance of many individuals over nearly four decades of research and writing as well as individuals who have responded to this specific project. Robert E. Coates, director, Mormon Battalion Memorial Visitors Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, San Diego, was most helpful. Sincere appreciation goes to Matthew Heiss, Mary S. Kiessling, and Grant Allen Anderson, all of the Historical Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, for research assistance.

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