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Utah'S Black Hawk War
"On Sunday 9 April 1865, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee met in the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s brick home in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, to negotiate the conclusion of the Civil War. That same day, far to the west, a handful of Mormons and northern Utes met in the central Utah town of Manti in an attempt to achieve a peace of their own. Unlike the negotiations at A...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 26th 1999 by University of Utah Press
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As Peterson asserts this is a lost history both within the intermountain region and nationally as well. Peterson uses primary and secondary sources, including Utah territorial records, Bureau of Indian Affairs sources, and LDS Church archives. Peterson shows possible sources of the Mormon and Native American violence along with establishing who some of the lessor known perpetrators on both sides of the conflict are the roles they played. Peterson takes some risks in showing Brigham Young’s role...more
This could have been a great book if it was only half the size. It reads like the Ph.D. dissertation it is -- it could have used a hard nosed editor. It was an interesting study of cultural clash: the Mormons called it a war while the Utes called it hunting on their traditional hunting lands. It shows the limitations that leaders, even powerful ones like Brigham Young, have over their followers when it comes to "cattle russling" and men with guns.
Well written and informative this book strives for a balanced look at this conflict. The book is not written by a member of the LDS church and is critical of it in many ways. It also does not fit into the everything was rosy in the church problem that many books written by church members would. The author also seems to truly dislike my family, Ivie, in this book as many of my ancestors were cast in a bad light, maybe that was a good thing too.