All but one was later gathered up by Federal officials and returned to their relatives in Missouri. Gibbs, who also attributed responsibility for the massacre to Young and Smith. Appalled by what had been done, and in fear of possible repercussions, an effective cover-up plan was put into force. Dame, Isaac Haight, John D. The women and children were then ambushed and killed by more militia that were hiding in nearby bushes and ravines.
Now, as I even just go to the grocery store, I see wonderful people walking around buying food off of the shelves, and I think these people are no different than those innocent massacred on Sept. The men were almost immediately shot at point-blank range. This alone was enough to create tension because the people of of the state, at great loss to the Mormon people. The Major sent word back to the Congress that the Mormons were responsible for the bloodshed of some 120 men, women, and children. Smith were cousins of George A. I am, and have been for some time, an invalid. Some were chasing the gold rush, some were visiting family, and some were hoping to set up ranches.
That Brigham Young used John Lee, as the assassin uses the dagger to strike down his unsuspecting victim; as as the assassin throws away the dagger, to avoid the bloody blade leading to his detection, so Brigham Young used John Lee to do his horrid work; and when the discovery becomes unavoidable, he hurls Lee from him. It is my last word--it is so. Ninth -- Did John D. Eleventh -- Did you ever give any directions concerning the property taken from the emigrants at the Mountain Meadows Massacre, or know anything of its disposition? He participated in the killings, and later turned against his fellows, after leaving the church. Young's letter arrived two days too late, on September 13, 1857.
Free Inquiry magazine, 22 4. President Buchanan had secretly dispatched an expedition to Utah to suppress what he believed was a rebellion. During the period just before the massacre, known as the , Mormon teachings were dramatic and strident. The Mountain Meadows Massacre Descendants site is dedicated in loving memory to our ancestors who died in the massacre at Mountain Meadows, Utah September 7-11th, 1857. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today. August 22, 1857 , , , Parowan, Utah Territory published September 23, 1857 , 9 5 , p.
Then, in the place where they had been killed, he erected a monument. Howard denied that a deal had been struck in a letter he sent to Attorney General Taft. As soon as Church leaders were made aware of the truth of what happened, they took action against those involved. One of the most controversial and highly debated events is the Mountain Meadows Massacre. In 1858, Young sent a report to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs stating that the massacre was the work of Native Americans. The victims, most of them from Arkansas, were on their way to California with dreams of a bright future. Through deception, Lee lured other Mormons into the battle.
Before the massacre at Mountain Meadows, the United States Government had sent 1500 troops into Utah, frustrating the Mormons living there and raising tempers and tension. On September 11, 1857, John D. Colonel Haight visited the site of the massacre with John Lee and. On September 6th, 1857, one day before the first attack, Isaac Haight sent an express delivery message to Brigham Young in Salt Lake City, Utah. The remaining personal property of the Baker—Fancher party was taken to the tithing house at Cedar City and auctioned off to local Mormons. Strident Mormon teachings Main article: Mormons, such as John D.
Carey and Robert Baskin managed the prosecution, while four attorneys--bankrolled by Brigham Young--comprised Lee's defense team. Only 17 children, all under the age of 7, survived. The 1999 burial site monument Starting in 1988, the , composed of descendants of both the Baker—Fancher party victims and the Mormon participants, designed a new monument in the meadows; this monument was completed in 1990 and is maintained by the. Fémont identified as the south rim of the Great Basin and measured at 5,280 feet above sea level. McEntire, 21 Josiah Joseph Miller, 30 Matilda Cameron Miller, 26 James William, 9 Charles R.
Samuel McMurdy, a member of the Nauvoo Legion, took the reigns of one of the wagons into which were loaded some of the youngest children. The old troubles in Missouri and Illinois were rehashed. They were joined along the way by families and individuals from other states, including Missouri. The women and children screamed and clung together. This site is for the descendants and family members of those who died at the Massacre so that we can share family histories, photographs, remembrances and research. The terms of the agreement between Howard and Young were never disclosed, but former U. Cedar City was the last place on the route to California for grinding grain and buying supplies, but here again the emigrants were stymied.
The emigrants quickly pulled their wagons into a tight circle, holing up inside the defensive corral. For a century and a half the Mountain Meadows Massacre has shocked and distressed those who have learned of it. Five months after Lee's execution Brigham Young died. Lee bore almost no resemblance to the first. I have made diligent search for it, but cannot find it. In Cedar City, the teachings of church leaders were particularly strident.