This is a compelling read, but the compelling narrative can make it a difficult read as you read to judge it for historicity. Bagley inserts hundreds of sentence fragment quotes into his narrative, and a paragraph with several sentence fragment quotes may have one or several footnotes. I found myself referring to the footnotes in the back! Sometimes they were from a newspaper account, in which case the fragments could have been from. Sometimes they were from a newspaper account, in which case the fragments could have been from multiple original sources or from the journalist himself. Sometimes the fragments all came from a single source, like a speech in the Journal of Discourses. In those cases it was easier to guess at fairness, but still, they were fragments. It was a relief when the author described a source and evaluated it against others, and in fairness, this was done often enough. In the end, was there enough documentation to judge the author's conclusions?
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The Journal of Military History By Will Bagley. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, ISBN For the Mormon Church, the legacy of the Mountain Meadows Massacre of September is a monster that will ever haunt the faithful. On an overland trail through southern Utah, a wagon train of Arkansas emigrants bound for California fell victim to a combination of Paiute Indians and Mormon militiamen. For five days the emigrants stubbornly held out as the Indians, unwilling to sacrifice lives for plunder, gradually slipped away. With the aid of the few who remained, the Mormons completed the task.
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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. The massacre at Mountain Meadows on September 11, , 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. Based on extensive investigation of the events surrounding the murder of over 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. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.
The work updated Juanita Brooks ' seminal history The Mountain Meadows Massacre , and remains one of the definitive works on the topic. Brigham D. Bagley has taken great care in negotiating the minefield presented by what remains of the historical record. Some historians feel that, since Will Bagley was hired by California businessman Frank James Singer to "rewrite the story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre," this may have influenced his interpretation of the facts, a charge Bagley denies. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Award-Winning Books. University of Oklahoma Press. Archived from the original on