Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2004 - History - 493 pages
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The massacre at Mountain Meadows on September 11, 1857, was the single most violent attack on a wagon train in the thirty-year history of the Oregon and California trails. Yet it has been all but forgotten. Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets is an award-winning, riveting account of the attack on the Baker-Fancher wagon train by Mormons in the local militia and a few Paiute Indians. Based on extensive investigation of the events surrounding the murder of over 120 men, women, and children, and drawing from a wealth of primary sources, Bagley explains how the murders occurred, reveals the involvement of territorial governor Brigham Young, and explores the subsequent suppression and distortion of events related to the massacre by the Mormon Church and others.
  

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Review: Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows

User Review  - Jeff Anderson - Goodreads

Well researched. Bagley has trouble interpreting some of his sources and draws the wrong conclusions. Otherwise, it could have been a great book. Read full review

Review: Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows

User Review  - Tiffany Cusick - Goodreads

I am not LDS, but after reading this account of the Massacre I believe that Brigham Young was a lying villain who left his faith with a terrible legacy. This historical event should not be forgotten ... Read full review

Contents

The Mountain Meadow
3
Their Innocent Blood Will Cry unto the Lord of Hosts
6
The BattleAx of the Lord
23
Political Hacks Robbers and Whoremongers
38
The Arkansas Travelers
55
I Will Fight Them and I Will Fight All Hell
73
We Are American Citizens and Shall Not Move
95
The Knife and Tomahawk
123
Vengeance Is Mine
225
A Hideous Lethargic Dream
248
Lonely Dell
268
As False as the Hinges of Hell The Trials of John D Lee
287
He Died Game The Execution of John D Lee
307
The Mountain Meadow Dogs
323
Nothing but the Truth Is Good Enough
348
The Ghosts of Mountain Meadows
365

The Work of Death
140
The Scene of Blood and Carnage
156
Plunder
171
All Hell Is in Commotion
188
They Have Slain My Children
208
Victims of the Massacre
385
Notes
391
Bibliography
447
Index
475
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Will Baley is a columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune.

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