Mormon Battalion 1846-1996
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N 31° 58.278 W 110° 16.360
12R E 568722 N 3537485
Quick Description: This Historical Marker is located in front of the LDS Church at 381 N Pomerene Road in Benson, Arizona.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 11/27/2012 9:06:35 PM
Waymark Code: WMFTC3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
1846 Mormon 1996

In Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 16, 1846, over 500 dedicated Mormon men enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry to serve their country during the Mexican War. They willingly heeded the call from their prophet, Brigham Young, leaving their families camped on the plains of Iowa.

These patriots completed their arduous march of more than 2,000 miles from Ft. Leavenworth to San Diego, claiming this land for the United States and blazing trails for future colonization. Their march took the company through the San Pedro Valley where they were attacked by a herd of ferocious wild bulls. They turned west near here on their way to the Presidio of Tucson where they raised the first American flag.

Later, under President Brigham Young's colonization plan, a group of Mormon colonists returned to this San Pedro Valley, arriving November 29, 1877.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Marker Name: Mormon Battalion 1846-1996

Type of history commemorated: Event

County: Cochise

Name of any agency/ agencies setting marker:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Year placed: 1996

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