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Company A

From ROSTER IOWA SOLDIERS, Miscellaneous Vol. VI, Des Moines, 1911
Taken previously from Mr. REID’s early history of Iowa.


Captain JEFFERSON HUNT’s Company A, of the Mormon Battalion of Foot Volunteers, to the 16th day of July, 1847, when discharge by expiration of term of service.

It appears that all ‘Joined for Service and enrolled at the General Rendezvous’, July 16th, 1846 at COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA, and that all were ‘Mustered into Service’ at the same place and on the same date.

In the Historical Register and Dictionary of the United State Army, edited by F.B. HEITMAN, and published by the War Department, in 1903, the name of this battalion is given as the Iowa Mormon Battalion.


 Company A Muster Roll 
JEFFERSON HUNT – Captain – Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. (See record of GEORGE P. DYKES, First Lieutenant of Company D)

GEORGE W. OMAN – First Lieutenant. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, Los Angeles, Cal

LORENZO CLARKE – Second Lieutenant. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, Los Angles, Cal.  LORENZO CLARKE was among those Mormons who had settled at Far West, Caldwell County, MO., and went from there to Nauvoo. (Historical record, Salt Lake City, Utah, Vol., 8 page 714)

WILLIAM W. WILLIS – Second Lieutenant. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of November 10, 1846. Mustered out to date July 16, 1847

JAMES FERGUSON – Sergeant Major. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal

REDICK N. ALRED – Quartermaster Sergeant. (In Tyler’s list, REDDICK NEWTON ALLRED, Third Sergeant) Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Born in Bedford County, Tenn., February 21, 1822; living in 1889 at Spring City, San Pete County, Utah. (Historical record, Vol. 8, page 942)

WILLIAM S. MUIR. First Sergeant. (In Tyler’s list, Fourth Corporal). Promoted to Sergeant, Battalion Order No. 24, of March 19, 1847. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

EBENEZER BROWN, Second Sergeant. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Died at Draperville, Salt Lake County, Utah, January 25, 1878. (Church Encyclopedia, Historical Record, Vol. 8, pag 950)

ALEXANDER MCCORD, Third Sergeant. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal

HYRAM B. CHASE, Fourth Sergeant. Appointed Sergeant from Private, Battalion Order No. 24, of March 9, 1847. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

GILBERT HUNT, Corporal. On detached service 17th of September, 1846, by order of Acting Lieutenant Colonel A.J. SMITH. Mustered out with detachment to date July 16, 1847. (This muster-out remark, and all to the same purport, are marked on the official roll with an asterisk; the footnote reads as follows: “It is not conclusively shown where this detachment was mustered out. Evidence on file indicated that it was stationed at or near Great Salt Lake at time of M.O., but travel pay has been allowed in each case from Los Angeles, so the detachment was evidently considered as having been M.O. at that place the same as the balance of the Company. GILBERT HUNT was a son of the Captain of the Company.

LAFAYETTE N. FROST, Second Corporal. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. He re-enlisted in Captain DANIEL C. DAVIS’ new Company A, July 20, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal

LAFAYETTE SHEPHERD, Appointed Corporal, Battalion Order No. 24, of March 9, 1847. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal

HENRY PACKARD, Appointed Corporal, Battalion Order No. 24, March 9, 1847. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DANIEL C. DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., July 20, 1847.

ELISHA EVERETT. Musician. Mustered out with the Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. He was one of the Mormons who settled at Far West, Missouri; he removed with them to Nauvoo, and is credited with having struck the first blow in opening the quarry from which stone was obtained in building the temple, and took a prominent part in its construction. (The Nauvoo Temple, Historical record, Vol. 8, pp. 858, 859, 870)

JOSEPH W. RICHARDS. Musician. On detached service since the 17th of October, 1846, by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding the Army of the West. “JOSEPH WILLIAM RICHARDS was a son of PHINEHAS RICHARDS and WEALTHY DEWEY, born in Richmond, Berkshire County, Mass., May 25, 1829. Died at Pueblo, Colorado, November 21, 1846.’ (Church Encyclopedia Historical Record, Vol. VIII, page 991)

ALBERN ALLEN. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

RUFUS C. ALLEN. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JAMES ALLRED. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JAMES T.S. ALLRED. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment to date July 16, 1847.

REUBEN W. ALLRED. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment to date July 16, 1847.

JAMES BAILEY. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. ‘ZACHEUS CHEENEY and JAMES BAILEY of the battalion were the first persons to make brick in San Francisco. They commenced the kiln in April, after which BROTHER CHEENEY went to the mines and BROTHER BAILEY burned the bricks – 50,000 in June, 1848. Some tiles had previously been burned and perhaps some bricks may have been imported as ballast, but none had ever been made there.’ (‘The Mormon Battalion’ in Historical Record, Vol. 8, page 937)

GORDIN S. BECKSTEAD. (Tyler’s list, GORDON S. BECKSTEAD) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in CAPTAIN DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., 1847.

OREN M. BECKSTEAD. (Tyler’s list, ORIN M. BECKSTEAD) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captail DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., 1847.

JAMES BEVIN (Tyler’s list, JAMES BEVAN) Private. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Mustered out with detachment to date July 16, 1847.

GILBERT BICKMORE. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

MERVIN S. BLANCHARD. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment to date July 16, 1847. (In the history of Mormon Battalion, Historical record, Vol. 8, page 919, it is stated that ‘On the 10th of April, MARVIN S. BLANCHARD departed this life at Pueblo, Colorado, after a lingering illness.’ We are unable to reconcile this discrepancy. If he died April 10th he could not have been mustered out July 16th.)

BENJAMIN BRASS. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., July 20, 1847.

JOHN BROWN. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM W. BROWN. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., July 20, 1847

CLINTON BRUNSON (CLINTON D. BRUNSON, on Tyler’s list) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JOHN S. BRYANT (Tyler’s list, JOHN S. BRIANT) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., 1847

JACOB K. BUTTERFIELD. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

ALVIE C. CALKINS. (Tyler’s list, ALVA C. CALKINS) Private. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

EDWIN R. CALKINS. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., 1847

JAMES W. CALKINS. Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846 by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment to date July 16, 1847

SYLVANUS CALKINS. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM W. CASPER. (Tyler’s list, WILLIAM WALLACE CASPER) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JOSEPH CLARK. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

RILEY G. CLARK. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., July 20, 1847.

GEORGE COLMAN (Tyler’s list, GEORGE COLEMAN) Private. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Died December 18, 1846. Taken sick enroute to Pueblo, he was left at the house of Mr. TURLEY, but attempted to follow on after the company. After traveling a short distance, he expired, and was afterwards found dead by the roadside not far distant. (‘Mormon Battalion,’ Historical record, Vol. VIII, page 918)

HENDERSON COX. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. He was one of a company of eight persons who started May 1, 1848, to pioneer a wagon road over the Sierra Nevada mountains. The attempt had to be given up on account of the deep snow. About the 24th of June, COX, with two others, made another attempt to cross the mountains on an exploring tour. The main body enroute to Salt Lake, which they had left on crossing the mountains, about twenty days late found the dead bodies of the three Mormons, who had been killed by the Indians. (‘The Mormon Battalion,’ Historical Record, Vol. VIII, page 936)

JOSIAH CURTIS. Private. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Mustered out with detachment to date July 16, 1847.

ZACKERIAH B. DECKER. (Tyler’s list, ZECHARIAH B. DECKER) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JOSEPH DOBSON. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

ELI DODSON. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding Army of the West. Died March 21, 1847. (Tyler’s history does not contain this name as being on Captain BROWN’s detachment, nor mention of his death)

JAMES C. EARL. Private. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

ROBERT C. EGBERT. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

HENRY FAIRBANKS. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

DAVID FREDRIC (Tyler’s list, DAVID FREDERICK) Private. On detached service, Battalion Order, No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

DAVID GARNER. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

JAMES H. GLINES. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847. (JOHN T. HUGHES, in DONIPHAN’ s Expedition, 1848, (CONNELLY’s Reprint, page 258.) says that ‘GLINES’ was Sergeant Major of the Mormon Battalion. It will be noted that FERGUSON was promoted to that office October 15th, two days before GLINES was detached. Neither the official roster nor Tyler mention GLINES as Sergeant Major.)

ANDREW GOODWIN. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

GILMAN GORDIN (Tyler’s list, GILMAN GORDON) Private. On detached service, 10th M. Department No. 12, May 13, 1847. Discharged July 16, 1847, at Bear River, Oregon, expiration of term of service, as GORDON.

JAMES HAMPTON, Private. Died on the Rio Grande, New Mexico, Nov. 4, 1846. Colonel P. ST. GEORGE COOKE, in his journal, November 3, 1846, says: “ A man of A Company has died this evening; his death was very sudden; he walked to the Surgeon’s hut this morning.” (Senate Doc. 2, Special Session, 1849)

BENJAMIN HAWKINS, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM F. HECKENLOOPER (Tyler’s list, WILLIAM F. HICKENLOOPER) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Lost Angeles, Cal, 1847.

ELIJAH E. HOLDIN (Tyler’s list, ELIJAH E. HOLDEN) Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

HENRY P. HOYT. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Died on journey to Salt Lake from Sutter’s Fort, on September 3, 1847.

TIMOTHY S. HOYT, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILFORD HUDSON. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. He was one of the first who learned of the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill, and worked placer diggings on an island, or sand bar, in the Sacramento River, which was subsequently known as Mormon Island. (‘Mormon Battalion’ Historical record, Vol., VIII, page 935)

ELI B. HUETT (Tyler’s list, ELI B. HEWETT) On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847, as Hewitt.

SCHUYLER HULETT, Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel DONIPHAN, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

MARSHALL HUNT, (Tyler’s list, MARTIAL HUNT) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

RICHARD A. IVIE. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

CHARLES A. JACKSON. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. (The muster roll states that he was mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal., which is probably an error of the copyist, since Tyler’s list also shows that JACKSON was sent to Pueblo, with the sick detachment under Captain JAMES BROWN)

HENRY JOHNSON. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

NICKLAS KELLY (Tyler’s list, NICHOLAS KELLY) Private. Joined for service and enrolled August 31, 1846, at Council Grove. Mustered into service same day, at Council Grove. On detached service since the 15th of September, 1846, by order of Acting Lieutenant Colonel A.J. SMITH. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

WILLIAM KELLY. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JAMES KIBBY (Tyler’s list, JAMES KIBLEY) Private. (This and all remaining members of the company were enrolled and mustered at Council Bluffs, Iowa, July 16, 1846). Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

BARNABAS LAKE. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.
JAMES W. LEMMON. (Tyler’s list, JAMES W. LEMON) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal, 1847, as JAMES J. LEMMON

MAXIEY MAXWELL (Tyler’s list, MAXIE MAXWELL) Private. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

BENJAMIN F. MAYFIELD. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., 1847

DAVID MOSS. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

CONROAD NAIL. (Tyler’s list, CONRAD NAILE) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A., at Los Angeles, Cal, 1847

MELCHER OYLER, Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Died February 25, 1847.

EBENEZER PERSONS. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JOHN RITTER, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal 1847.

CARATALL C. ROE (Tyler’s list, CARITAT C. ROE) Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, tod ate July 16, 1847, as ROWE.

JOHN SESSIONS. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

RICHARD SESSIONS. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM B. SESSIONS. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

GEORGE SEXTON. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, as GEORGE S. SEXTON

GEORGE E. STEELE. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, as GEORGE STEEL.

ISAIAH C. STEELE. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, as ISAAC STEEL.

HAMILTON SWARTHOUT. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JOSEPH TAYLOR. Private. On detached service, 10 M. Department Order No. 12, May 13, 1847. Discharged to date July 16, 1847, at Bear River, Oregon, expiration term of service.

JOHN THOMPSON. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

ADNA VREDENBURGH (Tyler’s list, ADNA VRANDENBURY) Private. Corporal to March 9, 1847. Reduced to ranks by Order No. 24, of March 9, 1847. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal

THOMAS WEAR, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

FRANKLIN WEAVER. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

MILES WEAVER. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

CHARLES Y. WEBB. Private. On detached service, 10th M. Department No. 12, May 13, 1847. Discharge July 16, 1847 at Bear River, Oregon, expiration of term of service.

MERRILL W. WHEELER, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JOSEPH WHITE. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

SAMUEL WHITE. Private. (Tyler’s list, SAMUEL S. WHITE) Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JEREMIAH WILLEY. Private. On detached service, 10th M. Department No. 12, May 13, 1847. Discharged July 16, 1847, at Bear River, Oregon, expiration of term of service.

ALFORD G. WILSON, (Tyler’s list, ALFRED G. WILSON) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

DENNIS WIN. (Tyler’s list, DENNIS WINN) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

LYSANDER WOODWORTH. Private. On detached service, Battalion Order No. 16, of Nov. 10, 1846. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

ISAACK N. WRESTON. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

JOHN P. WRESTON. Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

PHEANNES R. WRIGHT (Tyler’s list, PHINEAS R. WRIGHT) Private. Sergeant to March 9, 1847. Reduced to ranks by order No. 24, of March 9, 1847, Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.


TRANSFERRED
JAMES FERGUSON, First Sergeant, transferred to Field and Staff October 15, 1846

R. N. ALLRED, Sergeant, transferred to Field and Staff February 11, 1847.

RECAPITULATION
Present for duty: One Captain, one First Lieutenant, one Second Lieutenant, four Sergeants, three Corporals, one Fifer, fifty Privates. Total, fifty-eight. Aggregate, sixty-one.
Extra duty: Three Privates. Sick, four Privates.
Absent: Detached Service—One Second Lieutenant, one Corporal, one Drummer, thirty Privates. Total, thirty-two. Aggregate, thirty-three.
Strength, present and absent: One Captain, one First Lieutenant, two Second Lieutenants, four Sergeants, four Corporals, one Drummer, one Fifer, eighty-seven Privates. Total, ninety-seven. Aggregate, one hundred one.
The Muster Roll concludes with the following certificates:
I Certify on Honor, that this Muster Roll exhibits the true statue of Captain Jefferson Hunt's Company of the Mormon Battalion Volunteers, for the period herein mentioned; that each man answers to his own proper name in person; that all remarks set opposite the name of each officer and soldier are accurate and just.
(Signed) J. HUNT, Captain Company A,
Commanding the Company.

I Certify on Honor, That I have, at Los Angeles, Cal., on this Sixteenth day of July, 1847, carefully examined this roll, and, as far as practicable, caused the allowances, stoppages, and remarks to be justly and properly stated; and mustered the Company for discharge; and it is hereby honorably discharged from the service of the United States.
(Signed) A. J. SMITH,
First Lieutenant, First Dragoons,
Mustering Officer.
Muster station: Los Angeles, Cal.
Date of July 16, 1847.


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