In 1846 the United States Army ask Mormon leader Brigham Young to provide enough volunteers to form an entire battalion of over 500 soldiers for military service during the Mexican- American war. These men became known as the Mormon Battalion and marched on foot over 2000 miles, much of it in uncharted territory. It is still the longest U.S. Army march in U. S. History.
The Battalion also played a role in the history of Southern Arizona, then a part of Mexico. The battalion entered Tucson in December of 1846 and without firing a shot at the Mexican soldiers stationed at the Tucson garrison, raised the American flag for the first time over Tucson. The Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council, has joined with select non-profit history-based organizations in celebrating the 170th year of the release of the last of the subgroup known as The Mormon Battalion Volunteers.
In partnering with select history based organizations, the council has provided many opportunities for our Scouts to register for special merit badge classes to further their advancement, obtain free passes, and enjoy the services provided by our partnering organizations.
Mormon Battalion Celebration Brochure
For questions or comments call Clint Liechty 520 623 6062
or Laurene Huelsman at Council Office 750-0385, Ex 1007.