"On Sunday nine April 1865, Ulysses S. furnish and Robert E. Lee met within the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s brick domestic in Appomattox court docket residence, Virginia, to barter the belief of the Civil conflict. that very same day, some distance to the west, a handful of Mormons and northerly Utes met within the vital Utah city of Manti in an try to in achieving a peace in their personal. not like the negotiations at Appomattox, notwithstanding, these in Manti failed, and the occasions that transpired there are considered because the starting of Utah’s Black Hawk struggle, the longest and such a lot critical Indian-white clash in Utah history."
—From the book
So starts off the tale of Black Hawk, Ute Indian warrior leader and great strategist, and Brigham younger, sagacious spiritual and political chief of the Mormons. strong and unyielding males cast via worry and conviction, either respected and either reviled of their occasions. One, orchestrating a amazing crusade to show again the tide of white enlargement and forestall the extinction of his humans, the opposite, trying to hold his exiled church and its thriving utopian society sovereign and intact. males of exact races, ideals, and cultures, yet sharing a decision to maintain U.S. squaddies out in their bloody clash for keep an eye on of land and different assets within the Utah territory.
From 1865 to 1867, the warrior Black Hawk, sometimes called Antonga, led a mixed strength of Utes, Navajos, and Paiutes in a chain of severe inventory raids at the Mormon settlements in Utah territory. Black Hawk astutely judged that political clash among the government and Mormon Utah might continue U.S. squaddies from chastising his band. additionally, the antagonism of Washington towards Utah’s polygamy, theocracy, and isolationism made Mormon chief Brigham younger cautious of looking federal support. in reality, to maintain the govt. from utilizing the warfare as a pretext for sending extra troops to Utah, the Mormons withheld details, making the Black Hawk battle a nearly mystery struggle so far as the remainder of the state used to be involved. As directed via Brigham younger, Utah’s Latter-day Saint voters mobilized a church military, the Nauvoo Legion, to repel Indian assaults. but Black Hawk and others have been capable of keep on their actions for nearly 8 years with out incurring the federal army reprisals that Indians on all 4 aspects of the Mormon heartland skilled. Bloodshed on either side plunged Mormons and Indians right into a battle of vengeance—years of killing and raiding that persevered until eventually federal troops stepped in 1872.
In this unparalleled quantity, historian John Peterson presents the 1st finished research of a distinct and compelling bankruptcy of western background and of the violent and chronic clash it engendered. Utah’s Black Hawk warfare not just explores political intricacies and broader implications, scrutinizing the Mormons' Indian policies—most significantly Brigham Young’s outstanding "better to feed them than struggle them" teachings—but additionally offers brilliant narrative bills of varied raids and battles. the result's a masterfully researched and engagingly written account of Utah’s mystery struggle, a warfare principally unknown between western background scholars, students, and enthusiasts—until now.