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100 years ago

The call of 500 Utahns to military service during the Spanish-American War was compared by the First Presidency to the call of the Mormon Battalion during the Mexican War, according to the April 28, 1898, Deseret Weekly.

In a published letter to Utah Gov. Heber M. Wells, President Wilford Woodruff and his counselors, President George Q. Cannon and President Joseph F. Smith, stated: "War has been declared, and we have it to meet. Our citizens are called upon to enlist, and Utah is asked to furnish cavalry and batteries of artillery approximating 500 men."

The First Presidency further wrote: "We trust that the citizens of Utah who are Latter-day Saints will be found ready to respond with alacrity to this call which is made upon our State. There was a time in the past when we were called upon, as a religious organization, to make a far greater sacrifice than this, under circumstances that were exceedingly painful.

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