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United States Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923
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Record Description
Record Type Military Pension Application FIles
Record Group RG 15: Records of the Veterans Administration
Collection years 1887-1926
Microfilm Publication T1196. Selected Pension Application Files Relating to the Mormon Battalion, Mexican War, 1846-1848. 21 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 1104361 Case Files of Mexican War Pension Applications, 1887-1926
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from 1846-1923.

The 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.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • 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
  • Names of relatives
  • Critical dates (birth, marriage, death)
  • Residences and addresses

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

Field Index Data
Name John G Smith
Event Type Pension
Pensioner's Name Susannah Smith

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