April 5, 2018

New PDF release: At Sword's Point, Part 1: A Documentary History of the Utah

By William P. MacKinnon

ISBN-10: 0870623532

ISBN-13: 9780870623530

The Utah conflict of 1857–58, the exceptional armed war of words among Mormon Utah Territory and the U.S. executive, was once the main wide American army motion among the Mexican and Civil wars. At Sword’s Point provides in volumes the 1st in-depth narrative and documentary historical past of that awesome conflict.

William P. MacKinnon bargains a full of life narrative linking firsthand accounts—most formerly unknown—from infantrymen and civilians on each side. this primary quantity strains the war’s motives and initial occasions, together with President Buchanan’s determination to switch Brigham younger as governor of Utah and restoration federal authority via a wide military excursion. additionally tested are Young’s defensive-aggressive reactions, the onset of armed hostilities, and Thomas L. Kane’s departure on the finish of 1857 for his now-famous mediating challenge to Utah.

MacKinnon presents a balanced, entire account, in response to a part century of study and a wealth of rigorously chosen new fabric. Women’s voices from either side increase this colourful tale. At Sword’s Point offers the Utah struggle as a sprawling war of words with neighborhood and foreign in addition to territorial effect. As a nonpartisan definitive paintings, it eclipses earlier experiences of this remarkably bloody turning aspect in western, army, and Mormon history.


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