Army Of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives

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Giving priority to previously unpublished documents, editors David Bigler and Will Bagley have compiled, introduced, and annotated dozens of firsthand accounts and other primary sources regarding the Mormon Battalion's march and subsequent adventures. These include such perspectives as the journal of teenager William Pace, letters from a few of the women associated with the battalion (some thirty wives accompanied their husbands), and military and government correspondence. These and the many other collected documents provide an expansive portrait and detailed record of a large part of the American West--including portions of what became Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah--and its inhabitants at a crucial juncture in the region's history, the late 1840s.

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David L. Bigler was born in Provo, Utah, and served in the US Navy in WWII and Korean War. He graduated from the University of Utah and holds an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Southern Utah State College. He is the retired director of public affaris for US Steel. Since 1986 he has devoted full time to the study of Utah and western history. He lives with his wife in Roseville, California.

Will Bagley lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two children. He attended Brigham Young University and is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz. He serves as editor of the Arthur H. Clark Co. series Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier. The manuscript of his forthcoming study of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, The Blood of the Prophets, won a first place in the Utah Arts Council Original Writing Contest in 1998.

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