It snowed all day & was Cold. 1,300 men are ordered into the mountains in addition to those already there Col Phileman C Merrill Commanding. The Davis County troops past the governor office for the mountains with 242 men 56 of which were mounted 17 offercers of the line & 4 of the col staff. They had 23 Baggage waggons. After stoping a short time in front of the Gov office they Continued their march towards the mountains of snow as near 2,000 of their Brethren had done before to meet the Enemy [U.S. troops]. Many went with wet feet poor shoes & straw hats on without tents or fire at night as they Could not reach timber untill next day. Yet it shoes the willingness the saints have to maintain the kingdom of God & defend themselves against our Enemies. It was a cold night.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]