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Mormon Battalion

Associated Locations:

  • Mormon Battalion Monument, Utah Capitol, Salt Lake City, Utah

Associated Dates:

  • July 16, 1846 – Men enlist in the Mormon Battalion

The Mormon Battalion was a volunteer unit of between 534 and 559 Latter-day Saints men led by Mormon company officers, commanded by regular US army officers. Though leaving their families behind was difficult and their desert March arduous, by their sacrifice the men of the Mormon Battalion facilitated the Saints’ move to the Salt Lake Valley and helped develop the West.

Captain Jefferson Hunt

“…Captain [Jefferson Hunt] was not an old man then. He was tall, stately, with sharp features, a forceful character. The very air and even the earth seamed to move as he went on his way to work. Stern, kindly hearted, all the elements of a warrior and of a home man, a kindly husband and father were blended into his character…” (Smith, Pauline Udall. Captain Jefferson Hunt of the Mormon Battalion. The Nicholas G. Morgan, Sr., Foundation: Salt Lake City, Utah, 1958, pg. 206)

Admiral David Farragut

“In the civil war, control of the sea was priceless asset in the union. The navy maintained communications with the outside world, severed those of the South, captured important points on the coast, and on the Western rivers cooperated with the army like a blade to a pair of shears.” Filling such a role in American naval history was Admiral David Glasgow Farragut.

Farragut’s dignity of character and simplicity of heart combined with his profound submission to the Almighty makes his life worthy of emulation.

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

Associated Locations:

  • Manassas, Virgina – Battle of Bull Run
  • Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) – Birthplace

Associated Dates:

  • July 21, 1861 – Battle of Bull Run
  • January 21, 1824 – Born

It has been said the while Jackson was eminent for many things, he was preeminent for his trust in God. He lived to fulfill all that God had given him to do. He has left us a life of faith that strengthens our own.

General Jackson trained his troops not only in methods of war but also in the art of prayer. Jackson wrote to his wife, “My prayer is that it may be an army of the living God, as well as of its country.” From the very beginning of the war he asked the Confederate government to provide good chaplains. Under his leadership, Jackson caused that his chaplain, Reverend Lacy, preach every Sabbath when the troops were in camp. All were welcomed to come and worship, though no order was given. Through the constant attendance of General Jackson and frequent appearances of General Lee, these religious gatherings drew vast crowds of soldiers. The soldiers became impressed by Jackson’s devotion and his great desire to lead them not only to do their duty in battle but also to follow the great Captain of their salvation.

Eminent Spirits Appear to Wilford Woodruff in St. George Temple