The Mormon Menace

By John D. Lee

In 1857, a gaggle of pioneers from Arkansas heading for California have been ambushed via a bunch of local american citizens and Mormons. it really is predicted that just about one hundred forty women and men have been massacred. even though his position within the bloodbath used to be now not publicly recognized for many years after the assault, Mormon chief John D. Lee is assumed to be one of many masterminds at the back of the violence. during this autobiography, Lee discusses his existence sooner than and after the so-called Mountain Meadow bloodbath.

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His destiny used to be left to Bishop Snow. It was once determined to name a gathering of the folks who lived real to counsel, to be held within the schoolhouse in Manti, at which the younger guy could be current, and handled in line with Snow's will. The assembly used to be referred to as. The younger guy was once there, and was once back asked to give up the younger girl to Snow, yet he refused. The lighting have been then placed out. An assault used to be made at the younger guy. He was once tied down together with his again to a bench, while Bishop Snow took a bowie knife and slashed and mutilated him. They left the younger guy weltering in his blood. in the course of the evening he succeeded in liberating himself from his confinement, and dragged himself to a few haystacks, the place he lay till the next day to come, whilst he was once stumbled on via neighbors. The younger guy has been an fool or quiet lunatic ever when you consider that. Bishop Snow took quickly party to wake up one other assembly on the schoolhouse, which will have the folk of Manti and the younger lady that he desired to marry attend the assembly. whilst all had assembled the previous guy talked to the folks approximately their accountability to the Church, their legal responsibility to obey assistance and the hazards of refusal; and known as awareness to the case of the younger guy. The younger girl used to be sealed to Bishop Snow. bankruptcy XIX - The Mountain Meadows * My time i locate is getting brief. To proceed as i've got the tale of the little information and what occurred as we crossed the plains for the promised land of Utah would wish extra days than i've got left me. i'm going to move then direct to the tale of the Mountain Meadows problems for which i'm to die, as I hope that the evidence as they happened will be identified. As an obligation to myself, I objective to provide a press release of all i do know in that affair. i didn't act on my own; I had many to aid me at Mountain Meadows. those that have been attached with the bloodbath, and participated within the transaction, have been moved via a spiritual accountability. All have been performing below the orders and via command in their Church leaders. The rapid orders for the killing of the emigrants got here from these in authority at Cedar urban. I and people with me moved through advantage of optimistic orders from Brother Haight and his affiliates. sooner than i began on my challenge to the Mountain Meadows i used to be informed via Brother Haight that his orders to me have been the results of complete session with Bishop Dame and all in authority. The bloodbath used to be selected by means of the top males of the Church. To method this topic accurately i have to step backward a number of years. After the destruction of Nauvoo, while the Mormons have been pushed from the country of Illinois, I shared the destiny of my brethren, and partook of the hardships and trials that came about them from that day till the time of the cost of Salt Lake urban, within the then barren region. After achieving Salt Lake I stayed yet a short while, while I went to reside at Cottonwood, the place the mines have been afterwards chanced on by means of basic Connor and his males throughout the past due warfare. i used to be simply getting fastened to stay there, while i used to be ordered to enter the inner and relief in forming new settlements and in beginning up the rustic.

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