Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at by Will Bagley

By Will Bagley

The bloodbath at Mountain Meadows on September eleven, 1857, was once the one so much violent assault on a wagon teach within the thirty-year background of the Oregon and California trails. but it's been all yet forgotten. Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets is the main wide research of the occasions surrounding the homicide of a few one hundred twenty males, ladies, and kids on account that Juanita Brooks released her groundbreaking research, The Mountain Meadows bloodbath, in 1950. Drawing from a wealth of fundamental assets, Bagley explains how the murders happened, finds the involvement of territorial governor Brigham younger, and explores the following suppression and distortion of occasions regarding the bloodbath.

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His theocratic state would govern both spiritual and temporal affairs. "Either God has somethng to do in our national affairs, or he has not," proclaimed the church newspaper at Nauvoo in March 1844. '' One of the Council of Fifty's first acts was to petition Congress to authorize Joseph Smith to recruit one hundred thousand volunteers. "43 The first Council of F@ included senior apostles such as Brigham Young and the Pratt brothers, Smith's brothers and cousins, and hard cases such as Jedehah Grant, Porter Rockwell, and Edward Bonney.

The book described the origin and history of the American Inmans, a people it called Lamanites. "7 The compehng force of the young man's personahty accounted for much of his remarkable success. " The Saints believed they were literally the CMdren of Israel, the chosen people of God's new covenant, makmg early Mormonism very much an OldTestament religion. Mormonism's God was not an abstraction but a physical being who spoke &rectly to h s people through the Prophet Joseph. Smith issued dozens of revelations beginning "Verily, thus saith the Lord" that addressed everything fi-om church finances to the date of Christ's Second Coming.

LilburnW. Boggs called out five hundred &tiamen to enforce it. In response, a Mormon r a i h g party seized a state supply wagon. Boggs declared a state of insurrection and issued orders to h s commanders to crush the uprising. At dawn on October 25, the first battle of the Mormon War erupted at Crooked River, where LDS forces under Apostles David Patten and Parley Pratt captured the mditia's camp and horses. "~3 The outraged local d t i a acted on its own initiative. O n the afiernoon of October 30, 1838, three companies attacked Haun's Md1, a settlement swollen with Mormon refugees.

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