The Saints and the Union: Utah Territory During the Civil War

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University of Illinois Press, 2001 - 310 Seiten
Long, noted Civil War historian and long-time research assistant to the late Bruce Catton, reveals a neglected but fascinating chapter in American frontier, Mormon, Indian, and Civil War history. His lively portrayal of two volatile personalities -- Mormon leader Brigham Young and U.S. military commander General Patrick Connor -- depicts events which helped shape the "opening up of the West." While the Civil War raged in the East, the Mormons in Utah zealously continued to guard their cultural identity and church practices from federal control. At the same time, however, they lobbied hard for statehood, but were continually thwarted by a series of inept or antagonistic federal authorities. Drawing upon seldom-used archival material from the Mormon Church, Long's astute study depicts the earnest nature of this Mormon-federal conflict by focusing upon the battle of wills and words beteen Young and Connor. - Jacket flap.
 

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Facing the Crisis of Secession
3
There Is No More a United States
18
Suspicions and a New Governor
38
Statehood and Polygamy
60
Indians Militia and Apostates
84
Crossing the Jordan
96
Tragedy on Bear River
130
To Arms with Words
147
Indians and Governors
176
A New Approach
199
Gold in the Mountains?
214
The Impasse Continues
236
The Saints and the Union Endure
256
Bibliography
281
Index
293
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