The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sat, Jan 29|
Mormon Battalion U.S. Army of the West Commemoration
Come enjoy a parade and living history activities commemorating the arrival of the Mormon Battalion U.S. Army of the West on January 29, 1847.
Time & Location
Jan 29, 2022, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
San Diego, 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
About the Event
Having been driven by mobs from their homes in Illinois, the Mormons sought assistance from the government for their migration to the west. The U. S. Government responded with President James Polk requesting they assemble an army to march as part of the Army of the West from Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas to San Diego during the Mexican-American War. This march is one of the longest in the history of the U. S. Army, totaling over 2,000 miles, and arriving in San Diego on January 29, 1847.
At the war’s end, the members of the Mormon Battalion stayed on and performed garrison duties, making friends with the Californios. They taught them to dig deep wells, fire bricks and use the bricks to line the wells, providing healthy drinking water to the Pueblo of San Diego. The Battalion also constructed our first U. S. Courthouse, where a replica stands in Old Town today.