About the Author
With his dear wife Linda Sue Weaver Day, they have been blessed with a family of 8 children and 14 grandchildren who are the inspiration for the research and writing of The Mormon Battalion, The Lord's Faithful. It is meant to aquaint them with a part of their rich family heritage, having had 3 great, great, great grandfathers, that after being driven out of Nauvoo, served in the Battalion while their families were left behind to wait for them at Kanesville and Winter Quarters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Captain Allen got his Mormon battalion, enlisting and organizing it and marching it down the river toward Fort Leavenworth just a month after he reached the Mormon camps in western Iowa. As they marched a band played 'The Girl I Left Behind Me' and there were quite a few girls left behind, some holding babies in their arms and others holding the lines of the teams their men had driven from the Mississippi to the Missouri. Soon the great oxbow bend of the river hid their men and the bottom trail that led below Trader's point, though before they went there had been a farewell dance in a cottonwood grove and Brigham Young had boasted to Colonel Kane that 'the time would come when the Saints would support the government of the U. S. or it would crumble to atoms.'"3
Gail George Holmes said of their march to Fort Leavenworth:
"Four companies of volunteers marched down the east side of the Missouri River July 20 and a fifth followed in a day or two. There were almost 500 men. They were accompanied by some wives as laundresses and some boys as aides to officers."4
The general order of march was structured with the companies in alphabetical order, with each company followed by the wagons . Each company was led by their captain, officers and musicians on horse back, followed by some ninety men marching in a column, then the wagons and the families authorized to accompany that company.5 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.