men of the Mormon Battalion are honored for their willingness to fight
for the United States as loyal American citizens. Their march of some
2,000 miles from Council Bluffs to California is one of the longest
military marches in history. Their participation in the early development
of California by building Fort Moore in Los Angeles, building a courthouse
in San Diego, and making bricks and building houses in southern California
contributed to the growth of the West.
their discharge, many men helped build flour mills and sawmills in northern
California. Some of them were among the first to discover gold at Sutter's
Mill. Men from Captain Davis's Company A were responsible for opening
the first wagon road over the southern route from California to Utah in 1848.