Of all the States, New Mexico hosts what is arguably the longest segment of the original Mormon Battalion Trail. The Battalion entered the northeast corner of Nuevo Mexico on 27 September 1846, following the Cimmaron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail. Leaving Santa Fe, they traveled south along the Rio Grande, following the old Spanish El Camino Real before turning to exit via New Mexico's extreme southwest corner on 30 November.
Curiously, little has been done in New Mexico to recognize and commemorate the Battalion's feat. We have a distinctive monument along Interstate 25 between Santa Fe and Albuquerque that was re-erected and rededicated in 1996 (it had been in storage since the original highway was realigned when I-25 was first constructed!), but little else.
To give local, modern voice to these brave men and women of history, we are now organizing the New Mexico Company of the Mormon Battalion Association along with its Ladies' Auxiliary. Contrary to what you may have heard, you do not need to be a descendant of an original Battalion member to join; you do not even have to be LDS!
We anticipate that the New Mexico Company will become involved in:
You are invited to become a 21st Century Pioneer by joining us in this effort. For more information and to receive an invitation to attend an organizational meeting, please contact the Interim
Important Update! The Mormon Battalion Trek has been postponed until 2008!
Visit a local Civil War reenactment group which also does the occasional Mexican War impression:
1st New Mexico Volunteer Infantry
"Kit Carson's Own"
Calif-based Mexican War Reenactors: C company, 1st. US Dragoons
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