Diary of the Mormon Battalion Mission : John D. Lee
New Mexico Historical Review
July, October 1967
2-part series: 165-209, 281-332
August 30, 1846 to November 19, 1846. Lee accepts a mission to catch up with the Mormon Battalion to receive their pay and return it to Winter Quarters. Traveling with Howard Egan, Lee gets his first taste of the West, describing new flora and fauna such as buffalo and prairie dogs. Once they overtake the Battalion, Lee complains to the Battalion commander, Lt. Smith, about the treatment of the sick and delayed payment. He also relates how Lt. Smith came to command the group. The Battalion reaches Santa Fe, New Mexico where Lee finally receives the group's pay. Convinced that Santa Fe is a moral wasteland, he frequently complains about the Battalion's behavior there. Having fulfilled his mission, he and Egan return to Winter Quarters, traveling quickly due to rumors of Indian hostility.