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Utah's Black Hawk War

Utah's Black Hawk War
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By: John Alton Peterson

From 1863 to 1867, the warrior chief Black Hawk, also known as Antonga, led a combined force of Utes, Navajos, and Paiutes in a series of intense stock raids on the Mormon settlements in Utah territory. The antagonism of the government leaders in Washington toward Utah's polygamy, theocracy, and isolationism made Mormon leader Brigham Young wary of seeking any federal help - a reaction Black Hawk astutely anticipated. In fact, fearing the war would provide a pretext for sending more troops to Utah, the Mormons withheld information from the government. As directed by Young, Utah's Latter-day Saint citizens mobilized the church militia, the Nauvoo Legion, to repel Indian attacks. Bloodshed on both sides plunged Mormons and Indians into a war of vengeance; years of killing and raiding that continued until federal troops intervened in 1872.

In this unprecedented volume, historian John Peterson provides the first comprehensive analysis of a unique and compelling chapter of western history and of the violent and protracted conflict in engendered. Utah's Black Hawk War explores the political intricacies and broader implications of the conflict and presents vivid narrative accounts of its various raids and battles. The result is a masterfully researched and engagingly written account of Utah's secret war: a war between neighbors, Indian and white; a war between whites, Mormon and Gentile; a war largely unknown among western history students, scholars, and enthusiasts - until now.

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Published: 1999
Pages: 432

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