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Background For Teachers:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Suggested Order of readings: Wilford Woodruff Journal, June 26, 1846; Hosea Stout Diary, June 28, 1846 Brigham Young, July 1846 Orson Pratt Record Brigham Young Letter, July 1, 1846 As a class, discuss the points for and against joining. Evaluate the emotional cost against the financial gains. This could be done in the form of a debate between those with opposing ideas. Each student is to decide how they would have responded in the same situation. They are to justify this response, in writing, hopefully basing their arguments on the discussion in step 5. Read Henry Bigler's journal entry and discuss the following points:
The battalion was formed and marched to fight in the war.
Many of those who joined did so only out of support for their leader, Brigham Young.
Even after this experience, although relatively positive for both parties, some of the same ill feelings between the Mormons and the federal government followed the Mormons to Utah. These feelings contributed to the Utah War--another story.
Encourage students to do follow up study on the Mormon Battalion and its members.
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