Kearny designated Captain James Allen, later promoted to Lieutenant
Colonel, to raise five companies of volunteer soldiers from the able-bodied
men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five in the Mormon encampments
in Iowa. On 26 June 1846 Allen arrived at the encampment of Mt. Pisgah.
He was treated with suspicion as many believed that the raising of a
battalion was a plot to bring trouble to the migrating Saints.
journeyed from Mt. Pisgah to Council Bluffs, where on 1 July 1846 he
allayed Mormon fears by giving permission for the Saints to encamp on
United States lands if the Mormons would raise the desired battalion.
Brigham Young accepted this, recognizing that the enlistment of the
battalion was the first time the government had stretched forth its
arm to aid the Mormons.