First Edition. Privately printed, with date of 1881 on title page, but actually published in 1882. 6 x 8.75 inches, pp. viii, 376, in original black cloth stamped in blind, with gilt lettering on spine. Moderate edgewear to boards, smudging/light soiling on some page margins, small hole in front free endpaper; else very good. Zamorano 80, #75. Gary Kurutz writes in the Dorothy Sloan Zamorano 80 Catalogue: Tyler's narrative has long been considered the authoritative work on this heroic battalion of Mormon volunteers. The battalion, numbering about 500 men, was organized at Council Bluffs, Iowa, in July 1846...After reaching Santa Fe, they headed to California following the Gila River. They experienced, as reflected in Tylers vividly written account, a journey filled with unbelieveable hardship. Thirst, starvation, heat, and freezing cold were their constant companions." The reached San Diego in January 1847 and, though they never saw combat, they "established Fort Moore in Los Angeles and strengthened the American hold on California....In addition to telling the story of the trek west, Tyler provides and important overview of the bitter rivalry between Stephen Watts Kearny and John C. Fremont for political control of newly conquered California; life in the pueblos of San Diego and Los Angeles; the return journey to Salt Lake City; and the role of several 'Battalion Boys' who were at Sutter's Mill on that fateful January 1848 morning when John Marshall discovered gold." Howes T-447; Cowan p. 648; Flake 9063; Graff 4226; Streeter 2314.