By William P. MacKinnon
The Utah War—an remarkable armed war of words among Mormon-controlled Utah Territory and the U.S. government—was the main vast 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 provides the 1st complete historical past of the clash throughout the voices of participants—leaders, infantrymen, and civilians from either side. MacKinnon’s vigorous narrative, endured during this moment quantity, hyperlinks and explains those firsthand money owed to provide the main exact, in-depth, and balanced view of the struggle to date.
At Sword’s aspect, half 2 carries the tale of the Utah conflict from the tip of 1857 to the realization of hostilities in June 1858, whilst Brigham younger used to be changed as territorial governor and virtually one-third of the U.S. military occupied Utah. during the testimony of Mormon and federal leaders, opponents, emissaries, and onlookers, this moment quantity describes the war’s ultimate months and uneasy solution. President James Buchanan and his secretary of conflict, John B. Floyd, labored to damage 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 procedure” of evacuating and torching Salt Lake urban and sending 30,000 Mormon refugees on a mass exodus and combating retreat towards Mexican Sonora. Thomas L. Kane, self-appointed middleman and Philadelphia humanitarian, sought a relaxed end to the clash, which ended with the arriving in Utah of President Buchanan’s respectable 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 element in western, Mormon, and American historical past a long way bloodier than formerly understood. With its subtle documentary research and perception, this paintings will stand because the definitive historical past of the complicated, consequential, and still-debated Utah War.
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At Sword's Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858–1859 (Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier Series) by William P. MacKinnon