A Letter from Brigham Young and Daniel H. Wells, 1857

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On July 24, 1857, while the residents of the Territory of Utah gathered in Big Cottonwood Canyon to celebrate the decennial anniversary of the pioneers’ entrance into Salt Lake Valley, a runner arrived with the news that an army was approaching Utah to quell what was understood in the East to be an outright rebellion. Brigham Young and his advisers began immediate plans for the defense of the Territory of Utah. This article reproduces and explains a letter of Brigham Young and Daniel H. Wells having to do with the so-called Utah War.

 

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