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  • ID: I176757
  • Name: John ALLEN
  • Given Name: John
  • Surname: ALLEN
  • Suffix: , U.S. Mormon Battalion
  • Nickname: the terror
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 85D02AE75A98F94EAC15361922FF94CB2FEB
  • Change Date: 9 MAY 2010
  • Note:

    John Allen enlisted in Company E at Fort Leavenworth. He was baptised in the LDS church so he could join the Battalion, but never accepted its doctrine. He was court martialed out of service in Los Angeles 28 May 1847, before his term of enlistment was over. He made his way to San Francisco and bought a lot. Later in the year he was called a terror and a hardcase in the Placer County mines and was killed in a quarrel.

    William Pace Autobiography, BYU-S, p.17
    In June, I think, there was a report of an uprising of the Spaniards throughout California, whether true or not, the Battalion was concentrated on the bend above Los Angeles, and breast works built around the camp, Company "B" was sent to Garrison Santiago and everything prepared for a flight but it did not come.

    The only thing of note I remember that came of this, was "John Allen" a "deserter reputed," who joined the Battalion at Fort Leavenworth, was sent out on picket duty during the most exciting time. Well he left his post, came into town, traded off his gun and accoutrements for wine, got drunk and was found next day in an Indian Rancherie by an officer of the guard. He was court marshalled and sentenced to have his head "shaved" and be "drummed out" of the service. Being requested I joined the drum chore and assisted in drumming him out of camp and out of town.

    For the information of those that never saw a man "drummed out," I will say he was a tall, well-proportioned man with heavy beard, one half of which, and one half of the hair of his head was shaved off clean, leaving the remainder to show up. He was then brought on the parade ground by the guard (a file of soldiers) the band was formed and sentence of the court martial read to him.

    Then it became the duty of the fifers and drummers to play the "Rogues March" until he was well out of camp, and out of town, then he was turned loose with instruction to leave the country and never be seen, or he would be subject to arrest and be shot on sight.

    About the first of July, 1847, we began to prepare to return to Council Bluffs, or wherever the main body of the Church was, horses, mules, saddles, etc. were being bought.

    A good well broke riding horse would cost form $3 to $6, mules less and Broncho's for $1. Saddles were scarce and cost more. On the 16th of July 1847 the famous Mormon Battalion was mustered out of service of the United States and honorably discharged. A few young men re-enlisted for six months to help guard the country until more troops could arrive by water. But the main body of the Battalion organized under James Pace and Andrew Lytle as captains and prepared to return.
    William Pace Autobiography, BYU-S, p.18

    Members, LDS, 1830-1848, by Susan Easton Black, Vol 1, p 588
    Mormon Battalion

    DEATH: VARIANT PLACE: Grass Valley, Humbolt, Nevada

    Standage Journal Dec 2 1846:
    Privste John Allen left the Battalion five days ago for the purpose of hunting and was lost among the mountains. He came into the camp this evening about dusk. He had nothing to eat while lost except a little of Capt. Hunt's old white horse, which he found striking out trail. He had knawed some creatures hoofs found also in the mountains. He was very much worn out. Had been taken prisoner by the Indians and his gun and part of his accoutrement taken from him, also his knife.

    June 11 1847. This morning an express came in from Monterey. Some letters came from those brethern who went as a guard or escort for the General. Horses, mules, saddles, etc. much dearer at Monterey than at Pueblo. Advice given to us to fix all ourselves out at the Pueblo. The Gen. left Monterey for Washington on the 31st of May. Orders read by the Sergeant Major, some from the Gen., some from the Col. Mason now Governor of California. One of the orderes was relating to the case of John Allen, alias ---- who belonged to Co. E of the Mormon Battalion and who had been in the calaboose some several weeks for desertion of his post as a picket guard. He did not belong to the Church, was cut off by the Quorum of 70's at this place for drunkeness, swearing and many other vices. He was baptized on our road to Santa Fe. Joined the Battalion at Fort Leavensworth. And never was a Mormon, manifesting a very ungovernable spirit throughout the whole of the journey. His sentence is to have half of his hair shaved and to be drummed out of town.

    14. Worked on the fort. This afternoon G. (John) Allen had half his head shaved and at retreat was drummed out of town, being marched between 4 sentinels in charge of a corporal, drummers and fifers in the rear. He was marched through town at the point of the bayonet and musicians playing the Rogues march, not allowed to return during the present war and liable to be taken up and kept in irons till the close of the war.

    17. John Allen taken prisoner at the Ranchasee last night. Hard will be his fate. I was on guard today.

    20. S. This morning one of our mess being relieved from guard told us of the escape of J. Allen from the calaboose by digging through the adobe wall.
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  • Name: Page 1
  • Birth: AFT 1810
  • _SDATE: 1 JAN 1811
  • Event: as a PVT in Company E Military 1846
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1846
  • Event: but was drummed out of the service in Los Angeles Military 28 MAY 1847
  • Death: AFT SEP 1847
  • _SDATE: 1 OCT 1847 in Grass Valley, Nevada, California

    Father: unrelated U.S. Mormon BATTALION

    1. Abbrev: LDS Historical database by Vern Taylor
      Title: LDS Historical database compiled by Vern Taylor Dec 2003
      Name: Footnote
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliography

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