Mountain Meadows Massacre – Peace and Violence Collide

Mountain Meadows Massacre – Peace and Violence Collide

The Mountain Meadows massacre was a series of attacks which occurred from 7 September to 11 September 1857 on the Baker–Fancher emigrant wagon train at Mountain Meadows in the southern Utah territory. The wagon train, consisting mostly of families from Arkansas, was in route to California via the Utah Territory during a turbulent time period in Utah’s history which later became known as the Utah War. By the end of the attacks, approximately 17 injuries had been reported, and some 100 to 140 members of the wagon train had been murdered by members of the Utah Territorial Militia (officially called the Nauvoo Legion) from the Iron County district (in southern Utah), which was composed of Mormon settlers. It is also recorded that some Paiute Native Americans also...

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