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This index corresponds to the approximately 370 pension applications relating to the Mormon Battalion. The records are arranged by the name of the veteran, but are also searchable by the claimant’s name. The application files are NARA microfilm publication T1196, Selected Application Files Relating to the Mormon Battalion,Mexican War,1846-1848 and are part of Record Group 15, Records of the Veterans Administration.
In July 1846, over five hundred Mormon men gathered at Council Bluffs, Iowa to join the U.S. Army in the Mexican American War. Most of the soldiers’ enlistments ended after one year, but several continued on for another eight months. Pensions were sought by the veterans themselves and by widows or other dependents.
This index is based on pension applications for service performed during 1846-1848. It was created to provide easier access to the Mormon Battalion pension applications. The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that it still may contain alternate spellings or misinterpretations.
Information found in this collection may include:
- Veteran's name and age
- Veteran's rank, company and state from which served
- Mustered-in date and place
- Length of service
- Claimant’s full name
- Footnote and NARA reference identifications
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Use the index to find the pension files of persons who served in the Mormon Battalion. Search for any alternate names your ancestor might have used, such as a nickname or alias. The index includes names of the veterans and the names of those applying for the pension. If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, try searching for names of other dependents or relatives who may have been the seeking the pension. Pension files can often provide information about relationships, places of residence, and important events in the veteran’s life that can lead to additional records.
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Related Digital Books
- A Concise History of the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War,1846-1847
- The Mormon Battalion
- The Mormon Battalion Its History and Achievements
- Captain Jefferson Hunt of the Mormon Battalion
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- "United States, Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923" Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing "Selected Pension Application Files Relating to the Mormon Battalion, Mexican War, 1846-1848." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.
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