The Ives Expedition Revisited : A Prussian's Impressions
Journal of Arizona History
Discusses non-Mormon views of the Mormons and excitement about the prospects of war with the Mormons. The outbreak of the Mormon War gave added meaning to the already launched steamboat exploring-surveying expedition of Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives (1828-68) on the Colorado River. He was now to ascend the river to determine the feasibility of transporting troops and supplies to the mouth of the Virgin River, and thence by land to Utah. Balduin Mollhausen, a Prussian with experience on southwestern Army surveys and other expeditions, served as artist, assistant naturalist, and unofficial diarist for Ives. Mollhausen's descriptions, observations, and illustrations of the journey and Indians met on it, published in two volumes as REISEN IN DIE FELSENGEBIRGE NORD-AMERIKAS (Leipzig, 1851), are the basis for the present study of the 1857-58 expedition up the Colorado River from the Gulf of California in Mexico to the Black Canyon between Arizona and Nevada, somewhat short of what was mistaken as the stipulated destination.