Blood of the Prophets

Blood of the Prophets

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The massacre at Mountain Meadows on September 11, 1857, was the single most violent attack on a wagon train in the thirty-year history of the Oregon and California trails. Yet it has been all but forgotten. Will Bagleya€™s Blood of the Prophets is an award-winning, riveting account of the attack on the Baker-Fancher wagon train by Mormons in the local militia and a few Paiute Indians. Based on extensive investigation of the events surrounding the murder of over 120 men, women, and children, and drawing from a wealth of primary sources, Bagley explains how the murders occurred, reveals the involvement of territorial governor Brigham Young, and explores the subsequent suppression and distortion of events related to the massacre by the Mormon Church and others.Attorney Seth Blair wrote in December 1854, aquot;My feelings kindle and ignite like a Lucifer match when troops and coercive measures are spoken of concerning us. Have not ... The authorities banned the sale of alcohol, but this did not prevent a drunken riot between citizens and soldiers on Christmas Day 1854. A few daysanbsp;...

Title:Blood of the Prophets
Author:Will Bagley
Publisher:University of Oklahoma Press - 2012-09-06


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