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Nauvoo Legion Replica Musket - Personalized Set

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Nauvoo Legion Replica Musket - Personalized Set

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nauvoo legion militia mormon gun rifle
nauvoo legion militia mormon gun rifle
nauvoo legion militia mormon gun rifle
nauvoo legion militia mormon gun rifle
nauvoo legion militia mormon gun rifle
nauvoo legion militia mormon gun rifle
nauvoo legion militia mormon gun rifle

Nauvoo Legion Replica Musket - Personalized Set

249.95

The Nauvoo Legion was issued rifles that were left over from earlier American wars.  This replica musket is a beautiful reproduction of the Nauvoo Legion musket.  This heavy and impressive rifle has a full-length wood stock and metal parts for a realistic and historic feel. This classic musket includes a detachable bayonet and is non-firing.  It measures over 75 inches when the bayonet is attached.

PERSONALIZATION INCLUDED: An 11x14 personalized Honorary Commission with your name is included with the purchase of this beautiful replica musket.  

 

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The Nauvoo Legion, led by Jospeh Smith, was a state authorized militia of the city of Nauvoo, Illinois.  Due to the relentless persecution of early Mormon settlers from surrounding settlements the Nauvoo Legion's main function quickly became defending the city of Nauvoo, and its inhabitants from such hostilities.  Although the Nauvoo city charter gave the Nauvoo Legion extraordinary independence it was ultimately a component of the Illinois State Militia and under the authority of the Governor of Illinois. 

The notoriety, parades and other activities of the legion, which included mock battles, attracted visitors near and far. The mighty Nauvoo Legion became so popular that many non-Mormons began joining its ranks.  At its highest point, the legion is said to have numbered over 5,000 men. This made the Nauvoo Legion the largest such body in Illinois at the time. But there were problems. According to historian B. H. Roberts: "The Nauvoo Legion excited the jealousy and envy of the rest of the militia in surrounding counties, and all the laudable efforts of the legion to become an efficient body with a view of assisting in the execution of the state and national laws, if occasion should require, were construed by their enemies to mean a preparation for rebellion…. Hence that which was to be a bulwark to the city, and a protection to the saints, was transformed by their enemies into an occasion of offense, and an excuse for distrusting them" [CHC 2:59-60].

During the exodus westward later, some former members of the Nauvoo Legion served in the Mormon Battalion. This 500-man body, authorized by the U.S. government in 1846 as part of the campaign against Mexico, marched from Council Bluffs to San Diego.

Once the Latter-day Saints settled in the Salt Lake valley, the name Nauvoo Legion was revived and applied to the organized militia of the then state of Deseret and later to the Utah Territory.  In 1849 the Nauvoo Legion was called upon to serve in the Ute Indian war called Walker War of 1853-1854.  During the American Civil War, two units of the Nauvoo Legion protected overland mail and telegraph lines.  From 1865-1868 the Legion fought in Utah's Black Hawk War with over 2,500 men. 

The Nauvoo Legion was rendered inactive by an 1870 proclamation of acting Governor J. Wilson Shaffer.  Gov. Shaffer forbade gatherings of the militia except on his express orders. The Nauvoo Legion was finally disbanded as a result of the Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887.  In 1894 the National Guard of Utah was organized as Utah's militia.