Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011. First Edition. 392pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] 1/2 Brown cloth over tan boards. Fine/Fine. Item #7411
Long overshadowed by the Civil War, the tragic story of this conflict involved a tense and protracted clash pitting Brigham Young's Nauvoo Legion against Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston and the U.S. Army's Utah Expedition. In response to Buchanan's deployment of troops, Young proclaimed martial law, declared independence, ordered his militia to fortify the Echo Canyon passage to Salt Lake Valley, and stopped all travel across a vast western region, virtually cutting the nation in half. The Utah War spawned acts of violence, including the massacre of 120 men, women, and children at a resting spot near Cedar City, Utah - known as Mountain Meadows. In the end, the conflict between the two armies saw no pitched battles, but in the author's view, Buchanan's decision to order troops to Utah, his so-called blunder, eventually proved decisive and beneficial for both Mormons and the American republic.