In December 1847, a ragged band of soldiers known as the Mormon Battalion made their way into the Latter-day Saint settlement of Kanesville, Iowa, to be reunited with the families they had left behind for voluntary service in the United States Army. These pages, full of compelling narrative and rich visuals, bring to life the history of this unusual military unit with all of its faith, sacrifice, and unflagging service. So significant was their contribution that upon their return, President Brigham Young called for a jubilee celebration in their honor, proclaiming their offering to be a salvation to the Latter-day Saints at a crucial time in their history, as well as the history of the nation. This fascinating story, too long neglected and too little understood, will humble and inspire you as you take in this volume worthy of generations.
- Size: 7 x 10½
- Pages: 128
- Region: All Regions
- Run Time: Approx. 90 minutes
About the Authors
Michael N. Landon received a BA in history and political science from UCLA and an MA in public history from California State University, Sacramento. He is currently employed as an archivist in the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is a member of several historical and archival association. He edited The Journals of George Q. Cannon, Volume 1: To California in ’49 and with Bill Slaughter authored Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail. He and his wife, Loretta, reside in a historic home in Hooper, Utah. They have two children and seven grandchildren.
Brandon J. Metcalf is an archivist with the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received a BA in history from Brigham Young University and an MA in public history from California State University, Sacramento. He and his wife, Angela, reside in Riverton, Utah, with their four children.