Mormon History, Jun 26, 1846

[Mormon Battalion] With the United States embroiled in a war against Mexico, Capt. James Allen arrives at the LDS encampment at Mount Pigsah, Iowa, commanding a U.S. Army recruiting detachment sent from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
Allen's orders are to enlist 500 Mormon volunteers for 12 months to help secure U.S. claims in California. Volunteers are promised that, in addition to their regular wages, they may keep their Army guns, gear and other supplies at the end of their enlistment.

[source: Mormon Battalion Timeline, Herald Extra, March 25, 2010]

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