Massacre at Mountain Meadows

Massacre at Mountain Meadows

Ronald W. Walker Richard E. Turley Jr. Glen M. Leonard / Feb 25, 2020

Massacre at Mountain Meadows On September a band of Mormon militia under a flag of truce lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and with their Paiute allies killed them More th

  • Title: Massacre at Mountain Meadows
  • Author: Ronald W. Walker Richard E. Turley Jr. Glen M. Leonard
  • ISBN: 9780195160345
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them More than 120 men, women, and children perished in the slaughter Massacre at Mountain Meadows offers the most thoroughly researched account of the massacre ever written Drawn fromOn September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them More than 120 men, women, and children perished in the slaughter Massacre at Mountain Meadows offers the most thoroughly researched account of the massacre ever written Drawn from documents previously not available to scholars and a careful re reading of traditional sources, this gripping narrative offers fascinating new insight into why Mormons settlers in isolated southern Utah deceived the emigrant party with a promise of safety and then killed the adults and all but seventeen of the youngest children The book sheds light on factors contributing to the tragic event, including the war hysteria that overcame the Mormons after President James Buchanan dispatched federal troops to Utah Territory to put down a supposed rebellion, the suspicion and conflicts that polarized the perpetrators and victims, and the reminders of attacks on Mormons in earlier settlements in Missouri and Illinois It also analyzes the influence of Brigham Young s rhetoric and military strategy during the infamous Utah War and the role of local Mormon militia leaders in enticing Paiute Indians to join in the attack Throughout the book, the authors paint finely drawn portraits of the key players in the drama, their backgrounds, personalities, and roles in the unfolding story of misunderstanding, misinformation, indecision, and personal vendettas The Mountain Meadows Massacre stands as one of the darkest events in Mormon history Neither a whitewash nor an expos , Massacre at Mountain Meadows provides the clearest and most accurate account of a key event in American religious history.

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    1. A book of narrow but dramatic interest, Massacre at Mountain Meadows contains the most complete historical record of one of the bleakest events in the history of the Mormon settlement of the West. Few people know the extent of the Mormon colonization of what is today the western United States, Mexico, and even Canada. For example, you may not know that Las Vegas was a sleepy Mormon colony right up until people like Bugsy Siegel turned it into a modern Mecca for debauchery.The 1857 massacre of an [...]

    2. First and foremost, let me make clear my personal opinion on the key issue that separates spectators of the Mountain Meadows Massacre: Brigham Young did not explicitly give the order to attack and kill the Fancher Party. However, I am sympathetic to Will Bagely’s argument that BY was largely responsible for the tragedy because Young underestimated the affect of his venomous rhetoric toward non-Mormons on the Saints. Having gotten that formality out of the way my general opinion of this book is [...]

    3. I really struggled with whether or not to give this book 3 or 4 stars.The book is well written, and it gives an in depth look into the Massacre, early Mormon settlements and the American West.Things I like about the book.1) They did not skirt around the horrific nature of the massacre.2) I learned a lot about the American West and early times in the great basin.Beefs I have with the book.1) Out of THREE AUTHORS, don't you think that they could have chosen at least ONE non-LDS author? Due to the [...]

    4. Can devout Mormons write serious, credible history about a shameful and controversial event from the Mormon past? This must be asked precisely because so much history written by the faithful, in this tradition and others, is committed to certain conclusions before the act of research even begins. After reading Walker, Turley, and Leonard's new book on the Mountain Meadows massacre, the Mormon 9/11 (September 11, 1857), my answer to the question posed above, albeit with a few reservations, is "ye [...]

    5. I take no pride in knowing that my great-great-grandfather participated in this awful episode in western American history. But I feel compelled to learn and understand how events and circumstances could unfold in such a way that a group of mostly honest and good people could abandon their values and principles in order to commit the atrocity described by this book.An important saying tells us that if we fail to learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. I strongly believe that the people who [...]

    6. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel about an extremely unfortunate incident in the history of the Mormon church.Even if the story itself is more than a little upsetting.It comes across as being both well researched and descriptive.In essence it describes the circumstances surrounding the killing of 120 pretty well off settlers on their way to California.All were massacred, other than the very young children - who were then given to Mormon families to be raised.Only one man John D Lee was eve [...]

    7. I had mixed feelings approaching this book. Wasn't sure I trusted this "establishment" version of the story, but hearing that it was good. My great=great grampa was Laban Morrill, and my great-great grand-uncle was Nephi Johnson. AND - my wife's great-great grampa was John D Lee - so there was plenty of natural interest in the story.My reaction:- Surprisingly lean telling of the story, at times even tedious- Authors stuck close to the script; did not engage other historians much - which was a li [...]

    8. This was one of those books I quickly lost interest in. It just seemed that the authors focused more on the Mormons and their history which is a bit understandable but not what I was expecting to read. When you finally did get to the part of the siege and massacre the parts with the emigrants felt rushed and incomplete with the usual rumors. Compare it to the other accounts you will see that there are some differences. What I really disliked was how the authors made it so that most of the blame [...]

    9. The most thoroughly researched, unbiased book available on this difficult subject. These authors had access to archival documents not available to previous authors and made a valiant effort to recount this story from both sides - the victims and the perpetrators. While the fact this even happened is still unfathomable to me, an understanding of the mindset of this era from the perspective of the emigrant train and the Utah Mormon settlers gives a better understanding of how this unspeakable horr [...]

    10. Every people has shady, hidden corners of the past that they would prefer to sweep under the rug and pretend didn't exist. For Latter-day Saints, the Mountain Meadows massacre represents the very darkest shadow in our history. The cold-blooded murder of more than one hundred men, women, and children was an inexplicably evil act by those who should have known better, who professed not only Christianity, but a better and purer and more righteous form of it. It's difficult and uncomfortable for mod [...]

    11. So far very good, although a lot of information to absorb. I was intrigued because a few years ago, my husband and I (our ward, to be precise) were unwitting participants in a PBS special on "mormons" which was supposed to be very favorable to the church. Instead, a huge chunk of the program was on the MMM. Now I live near the infamous site and wanted a truly insightful look at what happened. Since the LDS church opened their archives and contributed research $ to this project, I knew it would b [...]

    12. Commissioned by the LDS church, this book was surprisingly unsparing in its description of the atrocities at Mountain Meadows (more detailed in its account of the actual murders than Brooks' book). They had lots of information at their disposal, and I'm sure it was overwhelming to sift through all of the obviously biased accounts (mostly left by perpetrators) to come up with a reasonable assessment of what happened. They give details about the victims and others that were not present in Juanita [...]

    13. I gave it 5 stars not because I liked the story but because I think the work was well researched and produced. It is extremely disturbing knowing that this horrific massacre is part of the history of my inherited faith. Reading chapter 13, which describes the massacre in great detail is like being forced into a horror movie. The inertia of paranoia, religious conviction, fear, limited communication, and poor leadership all led to violence that any healthy minded individual would find unconsciona [...]

    14. This one was hard to rate. It was slow going, with a lot of people and events to keep straight. Although the authors are all LDS church members, you would not know it from reading the book. It was not at all religious or biased in tone, and they made no effort to excuse or justify the actions of the Mormon militia--in fact, just the opposite. I felt the book ended too abruptly and left me with unanswered questions. Why did it take 20 years to bring John Lee to trial (and subsequent execution)? W [...]

    15. A must-read for anyone interested in southern Utah, Mormon, or pioneer history. Very factual. Very sad. Extremely powerful. To get a fuller picture of the story, I found it helpful to go back and read books by Juanita Brooks "John Doyle Lee" and "Mountain Meadows Massacre", the collection of affidavits she was unable to see that are now published in "Mountain Meadows Massacre: the Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris collection, and finally to reread this book.I too, like many others, would like to [...]

    16. Excellent and balanced treatment of a difficult subject. Each source is meticulously cited and they are careful in drawing broad conclusions. They also are show how many factors combined to create a tragic situation without removing the blame from the individuals who appear to have made the most grievous errors. Not a happy story, but a great resource for those trying to make sense of the time and place see a broad view of the problems.

    17. Four stars is supposed to mean "I really liked it"; something of a misnomer here. I believe the authors did a good job - the tale is horrific, of course. When the authors publish their promised "rest of the story", with the same honesty and fairness, I will give a full five stars to both volumes.

    18. Regrettably, there is not much "new" in history. I did a major papper on the topic in 1976 at the U of U; the three authors and tons of research assistants added little - details to the point of microphobia! Do read the endnotes; therein lies the gold.

    19. My ggGrandfather was involved in this tragedy. This book gives me new insight into the events surrounding the massacre.

    20. This was an extremely painful and difficult book for me to read--I agonized again and again. I chose this particular book concerning this incident because I wanted to better understand the incident, and I felt the authors of this book had done the research and could give as true an account as possible. It's one of those books that you so hope won't end as you know it will.

    21. A tragic moment in many intertwining histories of this country. Something that is not discussed outside of the state of Utah except for by historians and scholars. The events were even more tragic than I had previously thought. However, I would have liked the book better as a manuscript of history if it were not for the blatant subjectivity offered by the author in several areas.

    22. Well-researched and even-handed account of a horrific episode in Mormon and Western U.S. History. Would like the authors to add at least one more chapter to this relatively brief account to detail the fates of the other main actors that apparently avoided legal justice.

    23. The other book I read over the Xmas break after the Dark Elf Trilogy was the newly published book on the Mountain Meadows Massacre. I was at Costco with my sister-in-law when I saw all three of the Jason Bourne movies for $20. I resisted the temptation to buy them because I don’t like impulse buying. Then I saw this book and immediately bought it. So much for not impulse buying. The next day my friend Chris was over and he picked it up. “MASSACRE!!” he intoned, and then paused. “Oh, this [...]

    24. In September, 1857 Mormon settlers in an isolated area of southern Utah deceived a group of approximately 120 emigrants with a promise of protection from local Indians. After convincing the emigrants to turn over their weapons the settlers killed all of the emigrant party with the exception of a small handful of children.In the preface to this book the authors stated that "thoroughness and candor have been our ideals in writing this book, but with so many minds already made up about the role and [...]

    25. Captain Alexander Fancher was a great uncle to my grand mother. So, I was morbidly drawn to this story for some time. I wanted to read an unbiased version, and even though this was written by three Mormons, I believe it is as accurate as possible. Sometimes it even got bogged down in details.I do have a few issues. but I take away far more.First, while I understand the need for setting up the climate of day with past hurts, it would be very similar to me saying that after the world trade tower b [...]

    26. I liked the book, but didn't love it. I'd probably give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. On the plus side, the book was certainly well-researched. I learned a lot about the massacre and the events leading up to it from reading the book. I knew the basic story beforehand but not many of the particulars, which this book provides. I also thought that the book was fairly even-handed. The authors explain numerous factors that led to the unfortunate tragedy--a history of persecution among the LDS population [...]

    27. I was, I admit, a little skeptical about this book, being as it is "the most professional, transparent account of a controversial event in Mormon history produced under church auspices" (from the Journal of American History review, quoted on the back cover). From other reading, notably Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders with a New Afterword, I am aware that the Mormon church has not always put its best foot forward in the enterprise of historiography. That would be why I made su [...]

    28. "Massacre at Mountain Meadows" sets out to be the definitive word on what really happened on those awful days in September 1857 when an Arkansas emigrant train was besieged then lured to the field of death. The LDS church granted its authors full access to their archives, bringing several primary sources on the tragedy to light for the first time. What results is an objective and comprehensive analysis of the event which became the darkest blight on Mormon history. The first third of "Massacre" [...]

    29. Although the subject matter (mass murder) is horrific, this was an excellently researched and extremely well-written description of the massacre. I knew next to nothing about the massacre when I picked up this book and appreciate how in-depth and fact-based it was while still reading as easily as a novel. I appreciated this quote by the authors:"There were conflicts on the southern road. But the emigrants did not deserve what eventually happened to them at Mountain Meadows. The massacre was not [...]

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