Massacre at Mountain Meadows

Massacre at Mountain Meadows

The book sheds light on factors contributing to the tragic event, including the war hysteria that overcame the Mormons after President James Buchanan dispatched federal troops to Utah Territory to put down a supposed rebellion, the ...

Author: Ronald W. Walker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199721998

Category: History

Page: 448

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On September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them. More than 120 men, women, and children perished in the slaughter. Massacre at Mountain Meadows offers the most thoroughly researched account of the massacre ever written. Drawn from documents previously not available to scholars and a careful re-reading of traditional sources, this gripping narrative offers fascinating new insight into why Mormons settlers in isolated southern Utah deceived the emigrant party with a promise of safety and then killed the adults and all but seventeen of the youngest children. The book sheds light on factors contributing to the tragic event, including the war hysteria that overcame the Mormons after President James Buchanan dispatched federal troops to Utah Territory to put down a supposed rebellion, the suspicion and conflicts that polarized the perpetrators and victims, and the reminders of attacks on Mormons in earlier settlements in Missouri and Illinois. It also analyzes the influence of Brigham Young's rhetoric and military strategy during the infamous "Utah War" and the role of local Mormon militia leaders in enticing Paiute Indians to join in the attack. Throughout the book, the authors paint finely drawn portraits of the key players in the drama, their backgrounds, personalities, and roles in the unfolding story of misunderstanding, misinformation, indecision, and personal vendettas. The Mountain Meadows Massacre stands as one of the darkest events in Mormon history. Neither a whitewash nor an expos?, Massacre at Mountain Meadows provides the clearest and most accurate account of a key event in American religious history.
Categories: History

Massacre at Mountain Meadows

Massacre at Mountain Meadows

Here is the definitive account of one of the darkest events in Mormon history. written.

Author: Ronald W. Walker

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199747563

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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Here is the definitive account of one of the darkest events in Mormon history. written. Drawn from documents previously not available to scholars and a careful re-reading of traditional sources, this gripping narrative offers fascinating new insight into what provoked the Mountain Meadows massacre. The book sheds light on contributing factors, including the war hysteria that overcame the Mormons after President James Buchanan dispatched federal troops to Utah Territory to put down a supposed rebellion, the suspicion and conflicts that polarized the perpetrators and victims, and the reminders of attacks on Mormons in earlier settlements in Missouri and Illinois.
Categories: Religion

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

Brooks has traced the background of conflict, analyzed the emotional climate at the time, pointed up the social and military organization in Utah, and revealed the forces which culminated in the great tragedy at Mountain Meadows.

Author: Juanita Brooks

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806185385

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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In the Fall of 1857, some 120 California-bound emigrants were killed in lonely Mountain Meadows in southern Utah; only eighteen young children were spared. The men on the ground after the bloody deed took an oath that they would never mention the event again, either in public or in private. The leaders of the Mormon church also counseled silence. The first report, soon after the massacre, described it as an Indian onslaught at which a few white men were present, only one of whom, John D. Lee, was actually named. With admirable scholarship, Mrs. Brooks has traced the background of conflict, analyzed the emotional climate at the time, pointed up the social and military organization in Utah, and revealed the forces which culminated in the great tragedy at Mountain Meadows. The result is a near-classic treatment which neither smears nor clears the participants as individuals. It portrays an atmosphere of war hysteria, whipped up by recitals of past persecutions and the vision of an approaching "army" coming to drive the Mormons from their homes.
Categories: Religion

American Massacre

American Massacre

American Massacre is totally absorbing in its narrative as it brings to life a tragic moment in our history.

Author: Sally Denton

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307424723

Category: History

Page: 352

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In September 1857, a wagon train passing through Utah laden with gold was attacked. Approximately 140 people were slaughtered; only 17 children under the age of eight were spared. This incident in an open field called Mountain Meadows has ever since been the focus of passionate debate: Is it possible that official Mormon dignitaries were responsible for the massacre? In her riveting book, Sally Denton makes a fiercely convincing argument that they were. The author–herself of Mormon descent–first traces the extraordinary emergence of the Mormons and the little-known nineteenth-century intrigues and tensions between their leaders and the U.S. government, fueled by the Mormons’ zealotry and exclusionary practices. We see how by 1857 they were unique as a religious group in ruling an entire American territory, Utah, and commanding their own exclusive government and army. Denton makes clear that in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, the church began placing the blame on a discredited Mormon, John D. Lee, and on various Native Americans. She cites contemporaneous records and newly discovered documents to support her argument that, in fact, the Mormon leader, Brigham Young, bore significant responsibility–that Young, impelled by the church’s financial crises, facing increasingly intense scrutiny and condemnation by the federal government, incited the crime by both word and deed. Finally, Denton explains how the rapidly expanding and enormously rich Mormon church of today still struggles to absolve itself of responsibility for what may well be an act of religious fanaticism unparalleled in the annals of American history. American Massacre is totally absorbing in its narrative as it brings to life a tragic moment in our history.
Categories: History

Mountain Meadows Massacre

Mountain Meadows Massacre

The editors of this two-volume collection of documents have combed public and private manuscript collections from across the United States to reconstruct the complex legal proceedings that occurred in the massacre’s aftermath.

Author: Richard E. Turley

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806158969

Category: History

Page: 536

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On September 11, 1857, a group of Mormons aided by Paiute Indians brutally murdered some 120 men, women, and children traveling through a remote region of southwestern Utah. Within weeks, news of the atrocity spread across the United States. But it took until 1874—seventeen years later—before a grand jury finally issued indictments against nine of the perpetrators. Mountain Meadows Massacre chronicles the prolonged legal battle to gain justice for the victims. The editors of this two-volume collection of documents have combed public and private manuscript collections from across the United States to reconstruct the complex legal proceedings that occurred in the massacre’s aftermath. This exhaustively researched compilation covers a nearly forty-year history of investigation and prosecution—from the first reports of the massacre to the dismissal of the last indictment in 1896. Of special importance in Volume 2 are the transcripts of legal proceedings against John D. Lee—many of which the editors have transcribed anew from the shorthand. The two trials against Lee led to his confession, conviction, and ultimately his execution on the massacre site in 1877, all documented in this volume. Historians have long debated the circumstances surrounding the Mountain Meadows Massacre, one of the most disturbing and controversial events in American history, and painful questions linger to this day. This invaluable, exhaustively researched collection allows readers the opportunity to form their own conclusions about the forces behind this dark moment in western U.S. history.
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Blood of the Prophets

Blood of the Prophets

Describes the massacre of a wagon train by Mormon militiamen and their Native American allies at a lowland creek called Mountain Meadows.

Author: Will Bagley

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806136391

Category: History

Page: 493

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Describes the massacre of a wagon train by Mormon militiamen and their Native American allies at a lowland creek called Mountain Meadows.
Categories: History

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

Author: Josiah Francis Gibbs

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105010451826

Category: Mormon Church

Page: 59

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Categories: Mormon Church

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

He was also a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and later a member of the First Presidency of the church until his death.In this talk that he later published he ...

Author: Charles Penrose

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798664838213

Category:

Page: 126

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Charles William Penrose (4 February 1832 - 16 May 1925) was a professor of theology at Brigham Young Academy and the editor of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. He was also a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and later a member of the First Presidency of the church until his death.In this talk that he later published he offers a defense of the Mormon religion and Brigham Young, President of the church, pinning the entire blame for the massacre at Mountain Meadows on John D. Lee and Isaac Haight.
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The First 9 11 in America

The First 9 11 in America

How did the beautiful, peaceful mountain meadows of the Utah Territory become the killing fields of The First 9/11 in America?

Author: Leonard Griffiths

Publisher:

ISBN: 1098016009

Category: Religion

Page: 564

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How did the beautiful, peaceful mountain meadows of the Utah Territory become the killing fields of The First 9/11 in America? The leaders of the Mormon church knew and so did these men: John D. Lee, George W. Adair, Jr., William C. Stewart, Nephi Johnson, Ira Hatch, Samuel Jukes, Jacob Hamblin, William H. Dame, Elliott Wilden, David W. Tullis, Daniel Hammer Wells, and dozens more. All of these men knew! But the Arkansas and Missouri members of the Baker-Fancher wagon train did not know until it was too late!
Categories: Religion

Mountain Meadows Massacre

Mountain Meadows Massacre

Author: Bart Poll

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:696156393

Category: Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857

Page: 22

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Categories: Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

Bvt. Major James H. Carleton, 1st Dragoons, was instructed to investigate the event while en route to Salt Lake City. Carleton's account of May 1859 from the bone-strewn ground is full, accurate, and understandably emotional.

Author: James Henry Carleton

Publisher: Arthur H Clark

ISBN: STANFORD:36105017227468

Category: History

Page: 39

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The massacre of 120 emigrant men, women, and children at Mountain Meadows on September 11, 1857, by Mormons and Mormon-incited Indians shocked the nation. It was not until the spring of 1859 that federal authorities began to conduct inquiries into the massacre. Bvt. Major James H. Carleton, 1st Dragoons, was instructed to investigate the event while en route to Salt Lake City. Carleton's account of May 1859 from the bone-strewn ground is full, accurate, and understandably emotional.
Categories: History

Mountain Meadows Massacre

Mountain Meadows Massacre

Author: John Kay Child

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:367563113

Category: Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857

Page: 72

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Categories: Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857

Innocent Blood

Innocent Blood

Author: David L. Bigler

Publisher:

ISBN: OSU:32435080803174

Category: Mormon pioneers

Page: 508

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Categories: Mormon pioneers

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadows Massacre is a history of a Mormon massacre in Utah during the 19th century.

Author: Josiah Gibbs

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 152272611X

Category:

Page: 74

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The Mountain Meadows Massacre is a history of a Mormon massacre in Utah during the 19th century.
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Mountain Meadows Witness

Mountain Meadows Witness

Philip Klingensmith (b. 1815) was born in Pennsylvania to Philip Klingensmith and Mary Anderson.

Author: Anna Jean Backus

Publisher: Arthur H Clark

ISBN: STANFORD:36105018283064

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 302

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Philip Klingensmith (b. 1815) was born in Pennsylvania to Philip Klingensmith and Mary Anderson. His ancestors were German Lutherans who settled in Pennsylvania in the late 1600s. Philip eventually moved to ohio where he married Hannah Creemar (1826-1891). They became members of the LDS Church and settled in Nauvoo, later moving to Utah. In Utah the Klingensmith family eventually settled in Cedar City where he was called as the bishop. In 1857 the Mormons received news of the approaching army and what became known as the Utah War started. In the fall of that year, the Mountain Meadows Massacre ocurred, wherein a non-Mormon wagon train was attacked and destroyed by Indians and Mormon militiamen. Philip Klingensmith was involved and later went with other men, including John D. Lee who was eventually tried and executed for his part in the tragedy. Philip gained the enmity of members of the Church by leaving the Church and turning state's evidence against Lee. Philip was married to three wives and was the father of twenty-four children. He and a number of his family eventually settled in south-eastern Nevada and southern Utah.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadows Massacre

Author: Rudger Clawson

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:367543136

Category: Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857

Page: 2

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Categories: Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857