16 February 2009

Mormon Battalion Memorial at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

One of the more interesting memorial stones at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is this one which shows a frontier man and a frontier woman on one side:

The plaque embedded in the ground below the memorial reads:

In memory of the Mormon Battalion whose
members made the longest military march in
U.S. history of over 2,000 miles from Iowa to San
Diego in 1846-1847 during the war with Mexico.

Albert Warren Dunham ........Lydia Ann Edmunds Hunter
... Private - Company B .........wife of Captain Jesse Hunter
-------------------------------------Company B
23 May 1828 - 11 May 1847 --23 January 1823 - 26 April 1847

Lydia Hunter and Private Albert Dunham were
buried in a cemetery in the La Playa area of
Point Loma and were moved to Fort Rosecrans National
Cemetery with other military personnel in 1887.

The other side of the monument:

The inscription reads:

Lydia Hunter died
from complications
resulting from the
birth of her only
child, a son named
Diego hunter, the
first American born
in California. Diego
was born on 20 April
1847. Lydia died 6
days later.

May we honor her
and each of those
women who served
with the Mormon
Battalion. We also
pay tribute to the
many others that
sent their sons,
husbands, and
brothers into the
service of their
country during the
war with Mexico in

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