A Concise History of the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War
The Earliest and Probably Best Book on the Famous Mormon Battalion of the Mexican War
“Sergeant Daniel Tyler’s narrative has long been considered the authoritative work on this heroic battalion of Mormon volunteers. The battalion, numbering about 500 men, was organized at Council Bluffs, Iowa, in July 1846. After reaching Santa Fe, New Mexico, and under the leadership of Lt. Colonel Philip St. George Cooke, they headed to California following the Gila River. They experienced, as reflected in Tyler’s vividly written account, a journey filled with unbelievable hardship. Thirst, starvation, heat and freezing cold were constant companions. Persevering they made it to Warner’s Ranch and then to San Diego in January 1847.
In addition to telling the story of the trek west, Tyler provides an important overview of the bitter rivalry between Stephen Watts Kearney and John. C. Fremont for political control of newly conquered California, also life in the pueblos of San Diego and Los Angeles.” Gary F. Kurtz, Volkmann Catalogue
Privately printed, Salt Lake City, 1882 (not 1881 as stated since there is a list of surviving members as of March 1882), First Edition, Octavo, 376 pages including muster roles, original pebble full sheep with lightly blind stamped window pane boards, typical chaffing and rubbing, moderate fading to spine but gilt titles still pretty bright and legible, binding sound, original white endpapers with no previous owner bookplate or writing.
Blazing the First Wagon Road from Santa Fe to San Diego
Howes T-447, Dorothy Sloan Volkmann
Zamorano 80- Number 75