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By Will Bagley

The bloodbath at Mountain Meadows on September eleven, 1857, used to be the one so much violent assault on a wagon educate within the thirty-year historical past of the Oregon and California trails. but it's been all yet forgotten. Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets is the main huge research of the occasions surrounding the homicide of a few a hundred and twenty males, girls, and kids considering the fact that Juanita Brooks released her groundbreaking research, The Mountain Meadows bloodbath, in 1950. Drawing from a wealth of basic assets, Bagley explains how the murders happened, finds the involvement of territorial governor Brigham younger, and explores the following suppression and distortion of occasions relating to the bloodbath.

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9 It was a lesson Smith's followers learned well. The LDS church "is not a democracy," a modern apostle has written. "The Church is a lungdom. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Eternal King, and the President of the Church, the mouthpiece of God on earth, is the earthly lung. " When early Mormons received "counsel," it was not simply advice: it was an order fi-om God. 3~ The citizens of Quincy, I h o i s , had watched events in Missouri with horror and invited the Saints to settle in Iknois. 77Smith escaped after five months in a Missouri jail, and in April 1839 he arrived in Iknois.

Thomas Ford complained the act was "a gross outrage upon the laws and liberties of the people" that violated the Constitution. 4~ Resentment of Mormon political and economic power had long simmered in the river towns of northern Ihnois, but when the Mormon prophet refused to submit to arrest, declared martial law, and mobhzed the Nauvoo Legion, the hosthty exploded into hysteria. "Such excitement I never witnessed in my life," a local dtia officer recalled. "49 In the midst of ths firestorm, Joseph Smith seemed ready to abandon the Kingdom of God and the secret doctrines that were the foundation of h s new theology.

Alhes looted the wagons, the whte men met in a great circle to swear a blood oath, vowing that their grim ritual would remain forever a secret. In the wake of the W n g , travelers called the campsite Murderers Spring, but the stream kept its Nuwuvi name, Magotsu Creek. Some cattle from the massacred party ran wild and gave their name to the Bullvalley Mountains, the range to the west of the haunted the place the Mormons called the Mountain Meadow. 5 heir Innocent ~ l o o dwill Cry unto the ~ o r of d ~osts EleanorJane McComb was born in westernVirginia in I 817.

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