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By William P. MacKinnon


The Utah War—an unparalleled armed war of words among Mormon-controlled Utah Territory and the U.S. government—was the main huge 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 conscientiously chosen new fabric, At Sword’s Point offers the 1st complete background of the clash throughout the voices of participants—leaders, infantrymen, and civilians from each side. MacKinnon’s vigorous narrative, persevered during this moment quantity, hyperlinks and explains those firsthand money owed to provide the main distinct, in-depth, and balanced view of the battle to date.

At Sword’s aspect, half 2 carries the tale of the Utah battle from the tip of 1857 to the belief of hostilities in June 1858, while Brigham younger was once changed as territorial governor and virtually one-third of the U.S. military occupied Utah. in the course of the testimony of Mormon and federal leaders, opponents, emissaries, and onlookers, this moment quantity describes the war’s ultimate months and uneasy answer. President James Buchanan and his secretary of warfare, John B. Floyd, labored to wreck a political-military stalemate in Utah, whereas Mormon leaders ready protecting and competitive countermeasures starting from an assault on Forts Bridger and Laramie to the “Sebastopol approach” of evacuating and torching Salt Lake urban and sending 30,000 Mormon refugees on a mass exodus and scuffling with retreat towards Mexican Sonora. Thomas L. Kane, self-appointed middleman and Philadelphia humanitarian, sought a relaxed end to the clash, which ended with the coming in Utah of President Buchanan’s legit 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 heritage some distance bloodier than formerly understood. With its subtle documentary research and perception, this paintings will stand because the definitive historical past of the advanced, consequential, and still-debated Utah War.

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