By William P. MacKinnon
The Utah War—an exceptional armed war of words among Mormon-controlled Utah Territory and the U.S. government—was the main large American army motion among the U.S.-Mexican and Civil Wars. Drawing on author-editor William P. MacKinnon’s half-century of study and a wealth of rigorously chosen new fabric, At Sword’s Point offers the 1st complete heritage of the clash in the course of the voices of participants—leaders, infantrymen, and civilians from each side. MacKinnon’s energetic narrative, persisted during this moment quantity, hyperlinks and explains those firsthand money owed to supply the main specified, in-depth, and balanced view of the warfare to date.
At Sword’s element, half 2 carries the tale of the Utah warfare from the top of 1857 to the belief of hostilities in June 1858, while Brigham younger was once changed as territorial governor and virtually one-third of the U.S. military occupied Utah. throughout the testimony of Mormon and federal leaders, fighters, emissaries, and onlookers, this moment quantity describes the war’s ultimate months and uneasy answer. President James Buchanan and his secretary of struggle, John B. Floyd, labored to wreck a political-military stalemate in Utah, whereas Mormon leaders ready protective and competitive countermeasures starting from an assault on Forts Bridger and Laramie to the “Sebastopol process” of evacuating and torching Salt Lake urban and sending 30,000 Mormon refugees on a mass exodus and struggling with retreat towards Mexican Sonora. Thomas L. Kane, self-appointed middleman and Philadelphia humanitarian, sought a calm end to the clash, which ended with the coming in Utah of President Buchanan’s authentic peace commissioners, the president’s blanket pardon for Utah’s inhabitants, and the army’s peaceable march into the Salt Lake Valley.
MacKinnon’s narrative weaves a wide ranging but intimate view of a turning aspect in western, Mormon, and American heritage a long way bloodier than formerly understood. With its subtle documentary research and perception, this paintings will stand because the definitive heritage of the complicated, consequential, and still-debated Utah War.
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