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Reddick Allred
Allred in his older years
Born (1822-02-21)February 21, 1822
Died October 10, 1906(1906-10-10) (aged 84)
Place of birth Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Place of death Chester, Utah, United States
Buried at Spring City Cemetery, Spring City, Utah
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Board of War.png United States Army
Years of service 1846 — 1872
Rank Colonel
Unit Mormon Battalion
Battles/wars

1838 Mormon War
Mexican–American War

Black Hawk War
Other work Mormon pioneer
Missionary

Reddick Newton Allred was an American colonel and prominent Mormon pioneer and missionary who was quartermaster of the Mormon Battalion during the Mexican–American War.

Early years

Allred was born on February 21, 1822, as the son of Isaac Allred and Mary Calvert. Allred was baptized in 1830 and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois until 1846 when the Death of Joseph Smith caused all Mormons to be expulsed from the town. Around this time, Allred participated in the 1838 Mormon War and in 1843, married Lucy Hoyt.[1]

Mexican–American War

After the expulsion of all Mormons from Nauvoo, Allred enlisted in the Mormon Battalion and participated in the Mexican–American War and marched to California.[1] Allred served as quartermaster of the Battalion and would go on to participate in the Capture of Tucson.[2]

Pioneering life

Around 1849, Allred traveled with his family to the State of Deseret within the Allen Taylor Company and served as captain.[3] On August 28, 1852, Allred filed a mission for the Sandwich Islands and returned in 1855 within the William McBride Company. He later participated in the Willie & Martin Handcart Rescue 1856 to relieve the members of a Later-day Saint Church stuck within the Wyoming Territory.[2][3] In 1857, he remarried with Amelia J. McPherson and the following year moved to Nephi but in 1859, would live in either Spring City or Chester.

Black Hawk War

Allred during the Black Hawk War

Around 1865, members of 16 Ute, Southern Paiute, Apache and Navajo tribes began having skirmishes, battles and raids with Mormon settlers. On April 12, 1862, Allred along with eighty-four men started up the fight near Salina Canyon with the mentality that the Native Americans would flee before such an imposing show of force but the fight proved to be a military disaster as the local Ute spotted the attempted ambush and began firing from the high ground. The casualties of the skirmish left two dead and Allred was relieved of command of any further steps of the skirmish as remaining command was handed over to Colonel Warren S. Snow. Allred would go on the participate in other skirmishes of the war and the Native Americans would go on to be defeated as the war concluded.

Later years

In 1861 he married Celestia W. Warrick and in 1867 he was ordained as Bishop by President Canute Peterson as he would that position for 10 years. Reddick also served as justice and postmaster in Spring City, served five terms in the Territorial legislature, and was a member of the first City Council in Spring City.[4] Allred was also ordained a Patriarch by Apostle George Teasdale on May 15, 1898.[1][4]

Reddick Allred passed away on October 10, 1905, in Chester and was buried in the Spring City Cemetery.[4]

References

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