"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 struggle. that very same day, some distance to the west, a handful of Mormons and northerly Utes met within the valuable Utah city of Manti in an try and in attaining a peace in their personal. in contrast to the negotiations at Appomattox, even if, these in Manti failed, and the occasions that transpired there are considered because the starting of Utah’s Black Hawk battle, the longest and so much critical Indian-white clash in Utah history."
—From the book
So starts off the tale of Black Hawk, Ute Indian warrior leader and tremendous strategist, and Brigham younger, sagacious spiritual and political chief of the Mormons. robust and unyielding males solid by way of complication and conviction, either respected and either reviled of their instances. One, orchestrating a notable crusade to show again the tide of white enlargement and stop the extinction of his humans, the opposite, trying to maintain his exiled church and its thriving utopian society sovereign and intact. males of specific races, ideals, and cultures, yet sharing a selection 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, often referred to as Antonga, led a mixed strength of Utes, Navajos, and Paiutes in a chain of extreme inventory raids at the Mormon settlements in Utah territory. Black Hawk astutely judged that political clash among the government and Mormon Utah might maintain U.S. infantrymen from chastising his band. in addition, the antagonism of Washington towards Utah’s polygamy, theocracy, and isolationism made Mormon chief Brigham younger cautious of looking federal aid. actually, to maintain the govt. from utilizing the warfare as a pretext for sending extra troops to Utah, the Mormons withheld info, making the Black Hawk warfare a virtually mystery conflict so far as the remainder of the kingdom used to be involved. As directed via Brigham younger, Utah’s Latter-day Saint electorate mobilized a church armed forces, the Nauvoo Legion, to repel Indian assaults. but Black Hawk and others have been in a position to keep on their actions for nearly 8 years with no incurring the federal army reprisals that Indians on all 4 aspects of the Mormon heartland skilled. Bloodshed on each side plunged Mormons and Indians right into a battle of vengeance—years of killing and raiding that endured until eventually federal troops stepped in 1872.
In this exceptional quantity, historian John Peterson offers the 1st entire research of a special and compelling bankruptcy of western background and of the violent and chronic clash it engendered. Utah’s Black Hawk struggle not just explores political intricacies and broader implications, scrutinizing the Mormons' Indian policies—most significantly Brigham Young’s striking "better to feed them than struggle them" teachings—but additionally offers shiny narrative money owed of varied raids and battles. the result's a masterfully researched and engagingly written account of Utah’s mystery warfare, a struggle principally unknown between western historical past scholars, students, and enthusiasts—until now.