Header Photo:  90-mile Desert between the Colorado River and Carrizo Creek, along California Route 98 south of Plaster City, CA (32.6785 N, 115.7282 W), taken by Kevin Henson. Looking south towards Signal Mountain. The Battalion marched this section into the late evening of Dec 15th and the pre-dawn hours of the 16th. They started arriving at Carrizo Creek about 10 AM the next day and the last people straggled in after sundown at 5 PM.

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Volunteer Clothing, Equipment, & Weapons

The following 19 page article by Mike Anderson introduces us to the civilian clothing normally worn by volunteer soldiers in the Mexican-American War:

The Mexican War Volunteer 6-20-19.pdf

 

The following five page article by Mike Anderson is a primer on the headwear, clothing, and footwear worn by volunteer soldiers in the Mormon Battalion:

Introduction to Headwear, Clothing, and Footwear 6-20-19.pdf

 

The following 51 page article by Mike Anderson describes civilian headwear worn during the 1840s, including the slouch hat, top hat, wheel cap, and straw hat:

Headware 1840s 6-20-19.pdf

 

The following 10 page article by Mike Anderson describes the havesack used during the Mexican-American War tp carry rations and individual mess gear:

The Mexican War Haversack 6-20-19.pdf