Mormon Battalion Marker - Mission Viejo, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 33° 36.465 W 117° 41.613
11S E 435658 N 3718880
Quick Description: A large dedication plaque in a secluded Mission Viejo park.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/12/2015 10:23:50 PM
Waymark Code: WMPDDY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
The monument consists of a bronze plaque that is on top of a small concrete pedestal. Included in the marker is a map of the route that the Mormon Battalion marched through across the western United States. They were an official division of the US Army in the 1840s, establishing forts such as in San Diego and Los Angeles.

The plaque says, "Dedicated to the valiant members of the historic Mormon Battalion who stopped here on March 20, 1847, as they marched from San Diego to Los Angeles. A division of the U.S. Army of the West, these brave soldiers, trusting in God, overcame incredible odds and faced unequaled hardships in extending the frontiers of our country to include this land of promise.

The 500 loyal men of the Mormon Battalion, recruited from the camps of the Mormon pioneers who had just been driven from the United States, enlisted to serve their country in the war with Mexico. These faithful men left their families on July 20, 1846, and marched 2,000 miles on foot--the longest march in U.S. history, arriving in San Diego on January 29, 1847.

After building a wagon road to the West, the industrious Battalion members worked tirelessly, fortifying old Ft. Stockton in San Diego, constructing Ft. Moore in Los Angeles, and performing community service projects. The Battalion played a major role in maintaining the peace, establishing political stability in the territory, and shaping early California history."
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Type of memorial: Monument

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