By Ronald W. Walker
On September eleven, 1857, a band of Mormon military, lower than a flag of truce, lured unarmed individuals of a celebration of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them. greater than a hundred and twenty males, ladies, and youngsters perished within the slaughter. bloodbath at Mountain Meadows deals the main completely researched account of the bloodbath ever written. Drawn from records formerly no longer to be had to students and a cautious re-reading of conventional assets, this gripping narrative bargains attention-grabbing new perception into why Mormons settlers in remoted southern Utah deceived the emigrant social gathering with a promise of security after which killed the adults and all yet seventeen of the youngest kids. The e-book sheds mild on components contributing to the tragic occasion, together with the warfare hysteria that overcame the Mormons after President James Buchanan dispatched federal troops to Utah Territory to place down a meant uprising, the suspicion and conflicts that polarized the perpetrators and sufferers, and the reminders of assaults on Mormons in past settlements in Missouri and Illinois. It additionally analyzes the impression of Brigham Young's rhetoric and armed forces method in the course of the notorious "Utah conflict" and the position of neighborhood Mormon military leaders in attractive Paiute Indians to hitch within the assault. through the e-book, the authors paint finely drawn pics of the foremost avid gamers within the drama, their backgrounds, personalities, and roles within the unfolding tale of bewilderment, incorrect information, indecision, and private vendettas. The Mountain Meadows bloodbath stands as one of many darkest occasions in Mormon historical past. Neither a whitewash nor an expos?, bloodbath at Mountain Meadows presents the clearest and such a lot exact account of a key occasion in American spiritual background.
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74 The idea would later become a stock explanation for the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Upon hearing news of Pratt’s murder, Brigham Young said little publicly about it, and his letters belied the idea of vengeance. “The seeing of our faithful Elders slaughtered in cold blood,” he wrote on July 4, is “at times almost to[o] grevious to be borne, but . . ”75 Another letter sent to Orson Pratt, Parley’s brother, had the same plaintive quality. “I regret very much to learn of the assassination of Bro Parley by the villain McLane,” Young wrote.
7 The Saints were hardly back in their homes after the canyon picnic when trouble broke out. S. surveyor’s ofﬁce, whom they saw as partly responsible for Washington’s decision to dispatch troops. On Saturday afternoon, July 25, two Mormons in Salt Lake City used stones and clubs to give Cornelius G. ” Landon had been overheard telling overland emigrants what “damned rascals” the Saints were. ”10 On the afternoon of Landon’s thrashing, surveyor Charles Mogo ran into a store to avoid being pelted by stones.
The time must come when there will be a separation between this kingdom and the kingdoms of this world . . ”25 On many Sunday evenings, Young gathered church leaders in his private ofﬁce for a prayer meeting. Young used these occasions to build consensus and smooth policy. When Mormon leaders met on August 2, the same evening that Young and Kimball preached, the men were bracing for the coming conﬂict.
Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Ronald W. Walker