By William P. MacKinnon
The Utah War—an extraordinary armed war of words among Mormon-controlled Utah Territory and the U.S. government—was the main huge American army motion among the U.S.-Mexican and Civil Wars. Drawing on author-editor William P. MacKinnon’s half-century of analysis and a wealth of rigorously chosen new fabric, At Sword’s Point offers the 1st complete background of the clash in the course of the voices of participants—leaders, infantrymen, and civilians from either side. MacKinnon’s vigorous narrative, persevered during this moment quantity, hyperlinks and explains those firsthand money owed to supply the main distinct, in-depth, and balanced view of the struggle to date.
At Sword’s element, half 2 carries the tale of the Utah struggle from the top of 1857 to the realization of hostilities in June 1858, whilst Brigham younger was once changed as territorial governor and nearly one-third of the U.S. military occupied Utah. in the course of the testimony of Mormon and federal leaders, opponents, emissaries, and onlookers, this moment quantity describes the war’s ultimate months and uneasy answer. President James Buchanan and his secretary of warfare, John B. Floyd, labored to wreck a political-military stalemate in Utah, whereas Mormon leaders ready protecting and competitive countermeasures starting from an assault on Forts Bridger and Laramie to the “Sebastopol method” of evacuating and torching Salt Lake urban and sending 30,000 Mormon refugees on a mass exodus and battling retreat towards Mexican Sonora. Thomas L. Kane, self-appointed middleman and Philadelphia humanitarian, sought a calm end to the clash, which ended with the arriving in Utah of President Buchanan’s professional 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 breathtaking but intimate view of a turning element in western, Mormon, and American background some distance bloodier than formerly understood. With its refined documentary research and perception, this paintings will stand because the definitive background of the advanced, consequential, and still-debated Utah War.
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