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Mormon Battalion: United States Army of the West, 1846-1848 Paperback – January 1, 1997
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No doubt this is not a definitive work, if such a thing exists, and there as many shortcomings that might be offered. Even so, "The Mormon Battalion: U.S. Army of the West, 1846-1848" includes an informative narrative and appendices that analyze the military role of the Mormon Battalion. There is, however, little that is new in this book and those familiar with the Battalion and its epic march will find little that they did not already know. In addition, the work is poorly written and the simple errors of fact that appear at various places make me question how thoroughly the author and editorial staff checked their sources.
Most important, I wish Ricketts had explored the continuing significance of the Mormon Battalion in Mormon history. The expedition is usually, and appropriately so, a footnote in the study of American military history but it looms large among the Mormons. Why? In that context the legend of the Mormon Battalion and how it has found a truly revered place in the history of Mormonism is significant. I would have liked to have seen this explored here.
The role of memory in shaping perspectives about the Mormon Battalion would have been a truly significant contribution to understanding about the unit.Read more ›
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Awesome daily account of all these men went through. My gg gfandfather was one of them and it helped me understand what he had done.Published 16 months ago by Donna J Webster
The author has reviewed original sources and has compiled almost a daily account of the one year deployment of the Battalion. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Doyle
This book was recommended to me by the Sons of the Mormon Battalion. They consider this to be one of the most accurate accounts. Read morePublished on June 28, 2007 by Amazon Customer
This could have been an excellent book if the author had taken the time to do appropriate research. Such as stating on page seven "the volunteers had no knowledge of army... Read morePublished on January 7, 2005 by Archie Jordan
The author's purpose was to fill in holes in the previously existing historical record, especially pertaining to the people involved in the battalion. Read morePublished on October 8, 2003 by rattmead
Ms. Rickett's work is a necessary addition to the cannon of scholarly research on the subject of the Mormon Battalion. Read morePublished on February 20, 2003
As a historical geographer and recent author of a related work covering the 1846-50 period of Mormon history, I found this book to be quite illuminating -- and a great reference. Read morePublished on March 17, 2000 by Max W. Jamison
This book was not worth the paper it was printed on. This bookwas a very difficult read because of the poor editing, and many factmistakes. Read morePublished on February 8, 2000