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Review of Pauline Smith's biography of Jefferson Hunt

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Date: 30 Oct 2010 [unknown]
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Smith, Pauline Udall. Captain Jefferson Hunt of the Mormon Battalion. Originally published by: Nicholas G. Morgan, Sr., Foundation, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1958.

Review by: Daniel Nephi Rollins. 30 Oct 2010

This biography of my 5th Great Grandfather Charles Jefferson Hunt is very well written. From the early days of when his father and uncles fought red-coats (British) in the US Revolutionary War house to house in Charlette, North Carolina to their family moving to Illinois. This book also contains information about his first wife's side, Celia Mounts when her family moved from South Carolina to the new state of Kentucky. And from there to Illinois. From there they met the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. While Celia was allowed to be baptised into the faith by her husband, Jefferson was not as easily impressed. He states: "Old Joe Smith can talk unil his head comes off." He did join the LDS church and from their move from Nauvoo, Illinois to Independence, Missouri where Jefferson was at the Battle of Crooked River. All Mormons were driven out of Missouri, so his family moved back to Nauvoo. And was told by Joseph Smith that while Jefferson was a leader in the Nauvoo Legion was told not to join Joseph to Carthage. Jefferson joined Brigham Young in the mass exidious from Nauvoo. From there he was ased along with others of the Mormons to help with the battle with Mexico. And thus began the Mormon Battalion thorugh harsh weather, staarvation for months on one-quarter ration on their trip across the deserts to make a new road to California. And finally realeased after a year of service. From there he went back up to Utah with his family to Salt Lake. And was asked once again to move to the San Bernadino, California to help migrants from other parts of the world to come to Salt Lake City. There are just too many things to be said just in summary about this book. I have read many US History Books and Church History Books. And there are just so many cross-overs in the life of Charles Jefferson Hunt with so many events in his life. I call this great grandfather of mine a true American Patriot and honorable to the last. I wish so many more of my ancestors have kept a journal or had others write about them. Dan Rollins Ontario, Oregon USA P.S. The original printing date of this biography was in 1956 and there are still copies of this book that range up to $400 on Amazon.com. I have suggested to others book stores to carry this book, but Lulu looks like the only place to purchase this book, which I am greatly pleased to have read.

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